Alpha Fetoprotein, Body Fluid
Ordering Recommendation

Refer to for clinical indications and interpretive information.

Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Within 24 hours
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Pericardial, Ascites/Peritoneal, or Pleural fluid 
Specimen Preparation
Centrifuge to remove cellular material. Transfer 1 mL body fluid to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimen types other than those listed. Specimens too viscous to be aspirated by instrument. 
Specimen source required 
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data
This assay uses the Beckman Coulter Access DxI AFP methodology. Results obtained with different assay methods or kits cannot be used interchangeably. The AFP assay value, regardless of level, should not be interpreted as evidence for the presence or absence of malignant disease.
For information on body fluid reference ranges and/or interpretive guidance visit

Statement B: Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

For cerebral spinal fluid, refer to Alpha Fetoprotein, CSF (ARUP test code 0020729).
Hotline History
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2014508AFP Fluid Source31208-2
2014509Alpha Fetoprotein, Fluid11207-8
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  • AFP
  • AFP Abdominal Fluid
  • AFP Ascites Fluid
  • AFP Paracentesis Fluid
  • AFP Tumor Marker
  • Alpha
  • Fetoprotein