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Alpha feto protein

Alias: AFP

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: AFP is used as a tumour marker for the detection and monitoring of primary liver cell carcinomas (hepatocellular carcinomas) and germ cell tumours of the ovary and testis.  In patients at risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma, e.g. those with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis, AFP determination can be used for early detection of carcinoma.  Serum AFP concentration correlates with the size of the tumour and has some prognostic significance.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Clear - Plain;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Maximum add on time
5 days
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
RR for Male and Females - 1mth to less than 6 mths - 8.1- 1127 - kU/L
6mths to less than 1 yr - 0.3 - 86 - kU/L
1yr to less than 19 yrs - 0.6 - 29 - kU/L
All 0.7 - 7.3 kU/L
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024