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Alpha-fetoprotein, abbreviated AFP, is plasma protein seen in fetal life and produced by various tumours.

Immunostain in short
Abbreviation AFP
Subspeciality genitourinary pathology, gastrointestinal pathology
Positive yolk sac tumour, hepatocellular carcinoma
Other common serum tumour marker

Elevated AFP - classic causes


See also


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  2. Anzai, H.; Kazama, S.; Kiyomatsu, T.; Nishikawa, T.; Tanaka, T.; Tanaka, J.; Hata, K.; Kawai, K. et al. (2015). "Alpha-fetoprotein-producing early rectal carcinoma: a rare case report and review.". World J Surg Oncol 13: 180. doi:10.1186/s12957-015-0590-x. PMID 25962419.