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About AFP-Alpha Feto Protein, Serum test

AFP-Alpha Feto Protein, Serum test

₹1200 ₹650

Know more about AFP-Alpha Feto Protein, Serum test

This test is done to detect liver cancer, ovarian cancer or cancer in testicles. Besides, doctors monitor an ongoing cancer treatment or for any recurring symtoms. Also, this test the health status of people already suffering from cirrhosis or hepatitis.

Symptoms includes:

abdominal lump

abdominal pain (on the side)

bloating

shortness of breath

itching

sudden weight gain or weight loss

loss of apetite

 

Level of AFP in a pregnant woman's blood is measured. An elevated level of AFP indicates there may be congenital anomalies in the fetus.

An AFP test can also be done as part of a screening test to find other chromosomal problems, such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21) or Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18). An AFP test can help find an omphalocele, a congenital problem in which some of the baby's intestines stick out through the belly wall. 

Normally, low levels of AFP can be found in the blood of a pregnant woman. No AFP (or only a very low level) is generally found in the blood of healthy men or healthy, nonpregnant women.

This test is specifically prescribed for women aged above 35 in conditions such as:

someone with a family history of birth defects 

consumption of harmful medications during pregnancy

someone who is already suffering from diabetes

Infrom your doctor about any medications taken by you before going for the test. Certain medications sometimes affects the test results.

If found any anomalies in the fetus it can be aborted. That's the advantage of this test. And abnormal chromosomal complements can be studied at the onset of this.

Test Method 1: You’ll need to get your blood drawn for an AFP test. Having blood drawn is an outpatient procedure that’s usually performed at a diagnostic lab. The procedure takes only a few minutes and is relatively painless. No special preparation is necessary before an AFP test. 

A healthcare professional will use a small needle to withdraw blood from a vein, usually in your arm or hand. A laboratory specialist will analyze the sample. Results are typically available within one to two weeks. 

Report available: The TAT for this test is around 7 to 12 days.

The AFP test is especially prescribed for women who are at high risk of liver cancer, ovarian cancer, cirrhosis, hepatitis.

The conditions include:

who are 35 or older

with a family history of birth defects

who used harmful medications or drugs during their pregnancies

who have diabetes

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