from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several antigens normally present in a fetus and occurring abnormally in adults as a result of certain neoplastic conditions or diseases of the liver.
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- n. Any of several antigens produced in a developing embryo, of which the most common is alpha-fetoprotein
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- n. any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer
These proteins include recombinant forms of human coagulation factors VIIa and IX, which are being developed for the treatment of patients with hemophilia, and recombinant alpha-fetoprotein, which is being developed for the treatment of Myasthenia Gravis and Multiple Sclerosis.
Increased amniotic fluid alpha-fetoprotein in patients with fetal nuchal edema.
Serial examination of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels as an additional screen for hepatoblastoma at least everythree months until the age of 4-5 years.
Hallak M, O'Brien JE, Isada NB, Johnson MP, drugan A, Evans MI: Thyroid function does not alter maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein interpretation.
Measurement of blood alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) concentration
A 20-week alpha fetoprotein test showed a “genetic defect” in the baby Christa Kukan was carrying.
Abnormal levels of alpha-fetoprotein in amniotic fluid or maternal blood may indicate an increased risk for a variety of birth defects or chromosomal disorders.
Amniocentesis is performed for viral cultures, chromosomal analysis and alpha-fetoprotein levels.
The diagnosis of omphalocele is usually made by ultrasound, in many cases following an elevated second trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test.
The diagnosis of gastroschisis is usually made by ultrasound, in many cases following an elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test in the second trimester.
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