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Test Code AFPTM Alpha-fetoprotein Tumor Marker, Serum, LAB559

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Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Laboratory

Useful For

The follow-up management of patients undergoing cancer therapy, especially for testicular and ovarian tumors and for hepatocellular carcinoma. Used to help diagnose NTDs.

Specimen Requirements


Container/Tube: Serum gel tube or plain, red-top tube-Plasma is not acceptable. 

Specimen: 0.1 mL serum


Minimum Specimen Volume

Serum 0.1 mL

Specimen Stability Information


Specimen Type Temperature Time

Room Temp

8 hours

  Refrigerated (preferred)

2 days

  Frozen No claims, only thaw once


Reject Due To


<500 mg/dL

Lipemia <1000 mg/dL
Icterus <20 mg/dL


Reference Values

Females     <8.1 ng.mL


Males          <8.1 ng/mL

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday


direct chemiluminescent immunoassay

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