alpha fetoprotein


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alpha fetoprotein

[′al·fə ¦fēd·ō′prō‚tēn]
(immunology)
A serum protein that has become associated with the detection of certain types of cancer and fetal abnormalities. Abbreviated AFP.
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Markedly elevated serum alpha fetoprotein levels facilitated the diagnosis.
Laboratory studies revealed that her serum alpha fetoprotein level was 7,020 ng/ml (normal: 0-10).
Only a very few tumor cells showed strong alpha fetoprotein positivity.
Clinically, the patient experienced a complete resolution of her facial nerve palsy (figure 6), and her serum alpha fetoprotein levels returned to normal (4.