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Tell me about AFP testing plz?
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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