What's alpha-fetoprotein (afp) in amniotic fluid?

See below. AFP is a protein produced by the yolk sac and liver of a fetus. Since it is in the plasma of the fetus, it can be found in the blood of the mother.

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I had an amniotic fluid test which showed a high concentration of alpha-fetoprotein. What does this mean?

AFP in amniotic fl. If an amniocentesis is performed and AFP is detectedin the amniotic fluid, this means that the fetus has an open neural tube defect or an abdominal wall defect. Sonographic evaluation needs to confirm the abnormality. Read more...

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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. 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...

What can cause low AFP (alpha fetoprotein) levels in a pregnant woman?

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 with having an amniocentesis, a cell free dNA test can be done through your blood. 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...

What does a low alpha fetoprotein level mean?

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...

What can cause an elevated alpha fetoprotein level?

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...

My blood level of alpha fetoprotein is 29. What does this mean?

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...