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alpha Foetoprotein

Alternative Names:AFP
Foetoprotein; alpha
Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:AFP
Specimen Types:Serum
Container Types:
SST
Collection & Request Instructions:

AFP is useful in monitoring some testicular germ cell tumours and primary hepatocellular carcinoma. After treatment, e.g. orchidectomy, levels fall with a half-life of approximately 45 days. Values > 500 ug/L are virtually diagnostic of malignancy. However, 50% of all malignancies have values < 500 ug/L. AFP can also be raised in a variety of non-malignant liver disorders, where levels are usually < 100 ug/L.

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Additional Notes:

Reference Range:  < 9 ug/L

Source: Abbott Alinity i AFP kit insert (Sept 2016)