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Overview Brief

AFP is one of the blood tests that are available in a triple screen or quad screen. You can choose to get an AFP test or not. A genetic counselor can help you decide.

What is Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal?

Unborn babies usually produce alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), and it shows up in their mother’s blood. Checking the level of AFP in a mom-to-be can show if her baby may have problems with their neural tube, which will convert into the brain and spinal cord.

Why is Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal suggested?

Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal symptoms can vary depending on the levels. Symptoms are as below:

  • Neural tube defects.
  • Defects in the wall of the abdomen.
  • Chromosomal abnormalities.

How is Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal performed?

Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal blood tests may include:

  • Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test is performed for four months pregnant.
  • A technician places the needle to take a sample of blood from a vein in your hand or arm.
  • Then they’ll send your blood to the lab.

What are the parameters measured in Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal?

Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal test can be conducted via the following methods:

  • A blood sample is taken out from a vein in the arm, and the serum is tested for AFP.

Preparation before performing Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal

The preparation for the Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal test includes:

  • Discuss medical history and allergies with the doctor.
  • Overnight fasting is preferred.
  • Wear light clothes and half sleeves.

Post-care after Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal

You should take care of below steps for Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal:

  • Change your clothes frequently.

Sample types in Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal

Few samples are for Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal as follows:

  • Blood test.

 

Side effects/risks of Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal

Alpha Feto Protein, Maternal blood test side effects are:

  • You may feel a small skin prick and have a little bruising or bleeding where the needle goes in.

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