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pawsPathologyManual: Alpha-Fetoprotein (Serum)

Lonic Code

 

Test Name

Alpha-Fetoprotein (Serum)

Synonyms

Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Marker

Test Consists

The quantitative measurement of alpha-fetoprotein in serum or plasma.

Specimen Requirements

2 mL whole blood

Volume and Container

Gold top SST tube

Storage and Transport

Serum may be stored at 2 to 8 degrees C if assay will be performed within 48 hours.  Samples which will not be tested within 48 hours should be frozen.

Critical Values

None

Causes for Rejection

Wrong container; improper labeling; insufficient volume

Turn Around Time

Run once daily M-F when batch size is adequate.

Availability

 

CPT / HCPCS Code

82105

Medicare Fee

 

Comments

Maternal serum AFP and amniotic fluid AFP will be mailed to a reference laboratory.

Row Stamp

17,219,367

Last Updated

10/07/2003 10:59:27

Volume

 

Minimum Volume

 

Indications

The AFP assay is valuable in the management of patients with nonseminomatous testicular cancer when used in conjunction with clinical information.  Various other conditions such as ataxia telangiectasia, herediatry tryrosinemia, primary hepatocellular carcinoma. teratocarcinoma, gastrointestinal tract cancers with and without liver metastases, and other benign hepatic conditions such as acute viral hepatitis, chronic active hepatitis, and cirrhosis can also cause elevated serum AFP levels.

Professional Fee

 

Tech Charge

 

Total Fee

 

Special Instructions

The same specimen type (serum vs. plasma) should be used when a patient is being monitored over a period of time with serial samples.

Lab

Core Lab, BI 2023, 706-721-2120

Schedule

M - F 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Request Form

Write in on Frequently Requested Tests requisition. Indicate medical necessity.

Methodology

Advia Centaur XP

Patient Prep

 

Post Processing

 

Collection Guidelines

Avoid hemolysis

Reference Range

< 1.3 - 8.1 ng/mL

Limitations and Contraindications

 

Interpretation

99% of healthy subjects have AFP levels < 8.9 ng/mL

Additional Information

 

CPOE Test Name

AFP or AFP Tmr Mrkr or AFP Tumor Marker

Status

1

AUDIT_DEL

 

Attachments

Created at 9/8/2014 5:56 PM by Bradshaw, Keir
Last modified at 9/8/2014 5:56 PM by Bradshaw, Keir