AFPA - Overview: Alpha-Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: AFPA    
Alpha-Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Screening for open neural tube defects or other fetal abnormalities


Follow-up testing for patients with elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein results or in conjunction with cytogenetic testing

Reflex Tests Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
ACHE_Acetylcholinesterase, AFYesNo

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

If alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is positive, then acetylcholinesterase (AChE) will be performed at an additional charge.

Special Instructions and Forms Library of PDFs including pertinent information and consent forms, specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

AFPA: Immunoenzymatic Assay
ACHE_: Polyacrylamide Electrophoresis

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name A shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

Alpha Fetoprotein, AF

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

AFP (Alpha-Fetoprotein)
AFP-AF (Alpha-Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid)
Alpha Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid
Alpha-Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid
Fetoprotein, Amniotic Fluid