fetoprotein : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer

  • Typically, this involves sampling the mother's blood--so-called serum-alpha-fetoprotein testing to seek out telltale proteins that may indicate spina bifida, neural-tube defects or .
  • Alpha fetoprotein testing is best done 15 to 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
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  • Screening for liver cancer in patients with cirrhosis
    ( PLOS ) In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 47 studies with 15,158 patients, Amit Singal, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and colleagues found that patients with cirrhosis who underwent surveillance, via liver ultrasound with or without measurement of serum alpha fetoprotein, for hepatocellular carcinoma had cancers detected at an earlier stage, were more likely to ...
    April 1, 2014 - EurekAlert!

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