Ordering Recommendation

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


Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay




Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH 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

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/

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
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