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Alpha fetoprotein (Oncology)

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry


Gel/clotted (yellow/red top)

Add-on requests are accepted up to 48 hours post sampling


Turnaround Time:

72 hours


Tumour marker used in diagnosis and monitoring of germ cell tumours, and a diagnostic aid for hepatocellular carcinoma in high risk patients

Raised in benign conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, biliary obstruction, alcoholic liver disease and pregnancy. Normal results do not exclude malignancy

For AFP measurement in pregnancy, please see AFP (Maternity)

Reference range:

Age range Reference range (ng/mL)
All ages/sexes 0 - 10

Derived from Cancer and Clinical Biochemistry (ACB Ventures publication, July 1997)

Results outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate disease. Similarly, results within the reference range do not preclude abnormality. Please contact the Duty Biochemist for discussion of individual patient results.

Other Comments:

For more information, please see the following: AFP - Lab Tests Online