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State Afp Program Handling
Clinical context: AFP blood tests can be used for a variety of things. In pregnancy it is used as part of genetic and neural tube defect screening. It can be used to detect liver disease and germ cell tumors of the ovaries and testes. Results should be evaluated in the clinical context. Patients without a problem should have very low AFP levels. ...Read more
AFP: Afp, or Alpha fetoprotein, is a fetal protein that is used to screen for the presence of neural tube defects. Higher levels of AFP are seen in mother's blood and amniotic fluid when a baby has an open neural tube defect. The test is done in the second trimester of pregnancy. AFP is also used as a tumor marker for some hepatic cancers. Following AFP levels could alert doctors to tumor recurrence. ...Read more
I have had four alphafetoprotein tests: 16.2, 17.4, 19.0, 19.5 can you have elevated AFP and be disease free?
Is your AFP level : Elevated?. What is the normal range for the lab doing your test? Why were you tested? AFP may be elevated in a woman carrying a child with spina bifida, or in person with liver disease and or liver tumors, and in some genital tumors. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003573.htm. ...Read more
I'm very nervous to take the AFP prenatal test tomorrow. Why does it have such a high false positive rate?
Gestational Age: It is an indirect test, in other words it does not test the baby directly like an amniocentesis. Other factors unrelated to the health of the baby can affect it but the most common is that your due date was off by a few days and when that is corrected in the calculation made by the lab its usually fine. ...Read more
Elevated: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, our AFP level is elevated and you should discuss it with your doctor. See this site for more information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003573.htm ...Read more
Screening test: An abnormal AFP simply means that your test results showed your risk of an abnormality was higher than your risk from your age alone. This is a screening test meaning that the vast majority of people will be normal and a small group will fail the test and require more testing. The next set of tests are what is important to determine if anything is wrong. ...Read more
AFP: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test is a blood test performed during pregnancy.This screening test measures the level of AFP in the mother's blood and indicates the probability that the fetus has one of several serious birth defects.Afp is elevated when there are neural tube defects eg spina bifida. ...Read more
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