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What is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Alpha-fetoprotein, also called AFP, is a protein normally produced by a fetus. AFP levels are usually undetectable in the blood of healthy adult men or women (who are not pregnant). An elevated level of AFP suggests the presence of either a primary liver cancer or germ cell tumor.


This answer is based on source information from the U.S National Institutes of Health.  

 

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