Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Marker

Last Modified: 2/4/2019 4:20:26 PM

  Medicare Medical Necessity Restrictions May Apply
Medical Necessity Documentation:
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation: Patient should discontinue taking Biotin, Vitamin B7, or Vitamin H 48 hours before getting blood drawn.
Specimen Requirements: 2.0 mL Serum in a SST Gold Top Tube
Collection Instructions:  
Minimum Volume: 0.7 mL
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 8 hours Ambient
48 hours Refrigerated
Reference Range: Adult <8.1 ng/mL

The use of AFP as a tumor marker in pregnant females is not recommended.
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments: Patients taking vitamin supplements containing doses of >5 mg/day may have falsely decreased test results generated.
Methodology: Chemiluminescence ECLIA
Clinical Significance: Elevation of serum AFP above values found in healthy individuals occurs in several malignant diseases, most notably nonseminomatous testicular cancer and primary hepatocellular carcinoma. AFP is not recommended as a screening procedure to detect cancer in the general population
Custom Panel: No


Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Parkview Regional Medical Center
PHL Test Code: AFPTM
EPIC Test Code: LAB559
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 82105

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