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Doctor insights on: State Afp Program Handling

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How do I handle it if the AFP is high from my amnio?

How do I handle it if the AFP is high from my amnio?

Stay calm: There is a high rate of false positives and it can bring unnecessary stress . Talk to your ob, may need to repeat tests, may need genetic counseling and talk to parents who have children with down's syndrome to prepare yourself. ...Read more

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Common causes to order a tumor marker AFP test?

Common causes to order a tumor marker AFP test?

Liver and testicular: An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a blood test that checks the level of AFP in a pregnant woman's blood. It is a substance made in the liver of the fetus. The level of AFP in the blood of a pregnant woman can help see whether the baby may have chromosomal abnormalities . The test is also used as a tumor marker to help detect and diagnose cancers of the liver, testes, and ovaries. The AFP is often ordered to monitor people with chronic liver diseases because of an increased risk of developing liver cancer. ...Read more

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My ob said that the AFP is positive. How bad is it?

My ob said that the AFP is positive. How bad is it?

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

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Possible reasons for abnormal AFP & harmony blood test?

Possible reasons for abnormal AFP & harmony blood test?

Need clarification: If you mean AFP and hormone tests, these are usually done as screening tests to detect fetal abnormalities, such as open neural tube defect and Down syndrome. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how much the AFP blood test will cost?

Does anyone know how much the AFP blood test will cost?

About 75.00.: Apparently, the cost of a maternal serum alphafetoprotein test can be roughly 75.00. The tumor marker test of this is about 114.00, but costs can be up to 499.00, or as low as 79.00.. ...Read more

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What do my AFP test results mean? What are the normal results? Pregnant.

Negative: AFP is the screening test for neural tube defects and down's syndrome .Normal test means your risk of having a baby with down's is very low compared to what the riskis at your age. ...Read more

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Could there be a correlation that would explain elevated ptt, high ALDO/PRA RATIO, low pregnenolone and elevated AFP?

Could there be a correlation that would explain elevated ptt,  high ALDO/PRA RATIO, low pregnenolone and elevated AFP?

Need to know more: You have not given enough info to give an accurate answer. Are you peregnant? Do you have any other acute or chronic problem, or cancer going on? ...Read more

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Tell me about AFP testing plz?

Tell me about AFP testing plz?

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

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What is the normal, healthy count for AFP markers?

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