Test ID: AFP
Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) Tumor Marker, Serum
Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.
Reference values are for nonpregnant subjects only; fetal production of AFP elevates values in pregnant women.
Range for newborns is not available, but concentrations over 100,000 ng/mL have been reported in normal newborns, and the values rapidly decline in the first 6 months of life. (See literature reference: Ped Res 1981;15:50-52.) For further interpretive information, see Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) in Special Instructions.
Serum markers are not specific for malignancy, and values may vary by method.