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Alpha Fetoprotein Normal Values
Is AFP (Alpha Fetoprotein) test used to detect any kind of cancer in the body? I.e higher value will indicate that there is cancer somewhere in body.
Liver and germ cell:
AFP can be elevated in cancers of the liver and some germ cell tumors. However, it also be elevated in patients with non-cancerous liver disease. The AFP results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. It is not a general marker for cancer.
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1980's: The Alpha fetoprotein test was around when I was a resident physician. The test has progressed through the y ears such that there are four levels measured in the pregnant woman's blood looking for the risk of down's syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18 & neural tube defects like spina bifida. This is called the quadruple screen best measured between 16 & weeks of pregnancy. ...Read more
Alphafetoprotein: Very low levels of AFP measured between 16-18 weeks of pregnancy can be associated with chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, most commonly down's syndrome. Further, testing by amniocentesis will rule this out. It may also b a red flag for intrauterine growth restriction and preterm birth. Will need closer observation and testing. ...Read more
Different diseases: In pregnancy, elevated alpha fetoprotein levels in a woman's serum can indicate fetal abnormalities, like neural tube defects (spina bifida) or ventral wall defects like omphalocele. Outside pregnancy the levels can be elevated in liver cancer or cancer of the germ cells (ovary, testes). ...Read more
Dehydration and labs: Dehydration can raise some blood values. Most notably, sodium, chloride, BUN and creatinine are elevated due to less water in the blood. Likewise, Alpha fetoprotein can also be elevated and you would have to see how the elevation is and how the severe the patient's dehydration was at the time the blood sample was taken. Ask the physician who ordered the test for her input. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my female friend has an alpha-fetoprotein (afp) number of 20.91 ng/ml. . .?
Pregnant or not?: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is used during pregnancy as part of the "Quad Screen". This is a test that includes AFP and three other blood chemicals to screen for Trisomy 18, Trisomy 21 and Neural Tube defects. If the quad screen is abnormal, a referral to see a perinatologist for a detailed ultrasound and additional testing is in order. AFP can also be tested as part of a cancer work-up. ...Read more
AFP=29: Normal range for AFP in 15-18-week-pregnant female is 10-150 ng/ml or mcg/l; normal range in non-pregnant female is 0-40 ng/ml or mcg/l. See chart for interpretation of high or low values (yours is in normal range). ...Read more
Increased tesing: An elevation of the Alpha fetoprotein test should alert your doctor that there may be an increased risk of genetic abnormalities such as down's syndrome in the baby. Pregnant women are offered a more detailed ultrasound test looking for signs of genetic problems & are usually offered an amniocentesis which lets you know the chromosomes of the baby. Down's is also known as trisomy 21. ...Read more
Alpha fetal protein: AFP is a fetal specific globulin, synthesized by the fetal yolk sac, gastrointestinal tract, and liver. The function of AFP is unknown. AFP blood levels can be measured during the second trimester to screen for open spina bifida and anencephaly, but can also uncover fetal abnormalities such as abdominal wall defects. AFP is also used in screening tests for downs syndrome and edwards syndrome. ...Read more
Low AFP: Low AFP is associated with Down's syndrome, but some women do have a low AFP that is unexplained. At 39, you should have already been offered a level 2 ultrasound and genetic testing. If you don't feel comfortable having an amniocentesis, a cell free dNA test can be done through your blood. ...Read more
Alpha feto protein: An elevation of Alpha feto protein between 15-18 weeks in pregnancy may be asign of a defect in the forming fetal spine(neural tubr defect). It requires a specialized ultrasound imaging to rule out the above possibility. You must speak with your doctor and seek adequate care. ...Read more
Alfa feto protein : Normally in the upper hundreds or thousands as I recall. ...Read more
I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?
Quad Screen: This non-invasive prenatal screening blood (serum) test is done around 12 weeks gestation to see if the fetus may have down's syndrome (trisomy 21) or trisomy 18. It is often combined with a transvaginal ultrasound for better accuracy. This test is not diagnostic. If the screening test is worrisome, then an amniocentesis is usually recommended. ...Read more
Mom age 60
ct: large lobulated mixed hypodense masses of 15x10 cm
in toto in right lobe of liver
Afp alpha-fetoprotein = 4.46 iu/ml
is cancer or not?
Mom and liver spot: Unfortunately, nothing on a ct, regardless of lab studies like AFP gives a definitive diagnosis. An elevated AFP blood test is seen in about 60% of liver cancer patients. So 40% of patients with liver cancer may have normal AFP levels (less than 10) which do not exclude cancer. The major issue is the mass which must be biopsied to get a diagnosis, after which a plan can be made. ...Read more
Hi drs. I just done bllod tests. Cbc is normal. Alp-132, bilirubin-0.81, ast-33, alt-37, afp-2.53. Is there anything to look after?
No: These are good labs and I'm glad for you. They are only one part of the big picture. I see that you're recovering from a bone cancer and have been getting chemotherapy. For your breath, have you tried flossing and running it across your tongue to remove debris? Here in kansas city, many (most?) of us have one or more little lung nodules from old healed histoplasmosis. ...Read more
Go for it!: Please submit a clear & specific question about alpha feto proteins. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more
Please guide me I got a result in Alpha Feto protein test 109.08 ng/mL. And I was not feeling well. Pls tell me what's should I do?
A blood test:
This test can be found in several diseases. It is elevated in liver disease including hep c, testicular cancer, and diseases in the OB world.
We worry when this is over 250 with liver lesions and find that over 500 in a patient with a liver mass is diagnostic of liver cancer.
Some specialists will get a baseline in hep c and use it as a tool to help screen for new liver cancer. ...Read more
Father has hepatitis b his alpha feto protein increase from11767 to26434 iu/ml while taking medicines sorafenib200, entacavir, daflon500, udiliv300 why?
AFP elevation: Given your father's history of chronic hbv infection and elevated afp, he is likely to also have hepatocellular carcinoma. With that high level, this is almost conclusive of malignancy. Suggest to discuss with your physicians in the local area for further care. ...Read more
Can you explain my lumbar puncture results — CSF alpha Feto protein 0.555 Beta HCG 0.322(iu/l) I have a pineal tumour. Tested CSF for germ cell.
These values are OK: These levels do not look out of ordinary. You need to relate these levels to previous levels of these markers. if they were high before then this test might have some meaning. Your oncologist is your best guide to explain what it all means. ...Read more
28 yr-old with 8 yrs of autonomic, endocrinologic, and inflammatory symptoms, which have both a daily pattern and a seasonal pattern.....?
Psychologial Tx of physical problems:
Andrew, your symptoms indicate the strong possibility of being the consequence of conditioning from earlier life experiences. I say this because of their cyclic nature, the act hat the symptoms are physical does not preclude the cause being psychological.
I urge you to visit www.stii.us for expanded information on this possibility. Treatment by Subliminal Therapy is my first recommendation with Hypnotic methods being second (www.asch.net for a referral for hypnosis). Medications can mask symptoms but do not address the problem itself. When you resolve the cause of a problem, you eliminate its symptoms.
Best wishes, Dr. Yager ...Read more