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 Recent changes for Alpha Foetoprotein

Recent changes for Alpha Foetoprotein

Date
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Changed From
Changed To
17th January 2020
Collection & Request Instructions

Clinical notes must be completed

If pregnant female, please state pregancy in weeks

AFP is useful in monitoring some testicular germ cell tumours and primary hepatocelluar carcnioma. After treatment, eg. orchidectomy, levels fall with a half-life of approximately 45 days. Values > 500 mg/L are suggestive of malignancy

However 50% of all malignancies have values < 500 mg/L. AFP can also be raised in a variety of non-malignant liver disorders, where levels are usually < 100 mg/L.

Clinical notes must be completed

If pregnant female, please state pregancy in weeks

AFP is useful in monitoring some testicular germ cell tumours and primary hepatocelluar carcnioma. After treatment, eg. orchidectomy, levels fall with a half-life of approximately 45 days. Values > 500 ug/L are suggestive 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.

Alpha Foetoprotein

Alternate names:
AFP, alpha FP
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
AFP
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Serum tube with gelSerum tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable

Clinical notes must be completed

If pregnant female, please state pregancy in weeks

AFP is useful in monitoring some testicular germ cell tumours and primary hepatocelluar carcnioma. After treatment, eg. orchidectomy, levels fall with a half-life of approximately 45 days. Values > 500 ug/L are suggestive 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.

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
5 hours
Reference Interval:

< 7 ug/L.