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Alpha fetoprotein

Alpha fetoprotein

Alpha fetoprotein: The alpha fetoprotein (AFP) test is used to measure the amount of alpha fetoprotein in the maternal blood; AFP from the fetus may leak out into the mother's serum if there is an open body wall defect in the fetus. Alternatively, various cancers are indicated in nonpregnant females with increased AFP.

Alpha fetoprotein: Other Names

Other names for Alpha fetoprotein include:

  • AFP
  • Fetal alpha globulin

Diseases Associated with Alpha fetoprotein

These diseases or medical conditions may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Alpha fetoprotein:

Descriptions of Alpha fetoprotein

Alpha fetoprotein: AFP. A protein normally produced by a fetus. AFP levels are usually undetectable in the blood of healthy adult men or women (who are not pregnant). An elevated level of AFP suggests the presence of either a primary liver cancer or germ cell tumor.
Source: National Institute of Health

Alpha fetoprotein: The first alpha-globulins to appear in mammalian sera during development of the embryo and the dominant serum proteins in early embryonic life. They reappear in the adult serum during certain pathologic states, primarily hepatocellular carcinoma. They may also be elevated in the amniotic fluid and maternal serum during pregnancy in ANENCEPHALY.
Source: Diseases Database

Alpha fetoprotein : class of embryonic serum alpha globulins which appear in early development; in adult serum, the presence of AFP indicates certain pathologic states, especially liver neoplasms.
Source: CRISP

Basic Information: Alpha fetoprotein

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