Ordering Recommendation

Refer to aruplab.com/bodyfluids for clinical indications and interpretive information.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

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


Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay




Within 24 hours

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 https://aruplab.com/bodyfluids

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Modified FDA


For cerebral spinal fluid, refer to Alpha Fetoprotein, CSF (ARUP test code 0020729).

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2014508 AFP Fluid Source 31208-2
2014509 Alpha Fetoprotein, Fluid 11207-8
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.


  • AFP
  • AFP Abdominal Fluid
  • AFP Ascites Fluid
  • AFP Paracentesis Fluid
  • AFP Tumor Marker
  • Alpha
  • Fetoprotein
Alpha Fetoprotein, Body Fluid