Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) Test

What is an alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test? Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a protein produced in the liver of a developing fetus. During a baby’s development, some AFP passes through the placenta and into the mother’s blood. An AFP test measures the level of AFP in pregnant women during the second trimester of pregnancy. Too much or too … Read more

Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP) Tumor Marker Test

What is an AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) tumor marker test? AFP stands for alpha-fetoprotein. It is a protein made in the liver of a developing baby. AFP levels are usually high when a baby is born, but fall to very low levels by the age of 1. Healthy adults should have very low levels of AFP. An … Read more