Important Information about Monkeypox from NC-DHHS (5/20/2022) to All North Carolina Clinicians and Laboratorians

Alpha-Fetoprotein Non Maternal (AFP Tumor Marker)

Tube Type

Test ID LAB559
CPT Code(s) 82105
Group/Individual Test Individual
Laboratory Core Lab
Tube Station 30
Specimen Routine: 4 mL blood/serum separator/gold top blood collection tube; see important Comments
Micro: 600 ul blood pediatric serum microcollection device
Stability: Unspun:

<4 hrs recommended

Spun/Separated: Room Temperature: 8 hours
Refrigerated: 48 hours
Frozen: 28 days
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day
Turnaround Time 90 minutes STAT; 2 hrs Routine
Reference Range
Adult: <8.0 ng/mL = normal
Infant: Varies with age (very elevated at birth but declines to adult normal by one year)

Elevated AFP is associated with certain tumors. AFP levels are also used to monitor suspected hepatic dysfunction, newborn tyrosinemia, and other diseases.

Tumor marker assays cannot be used interchangeably; this test is performed using the Siemens Atellica IM AFP Assay effective 7/13/21. Heterophilic antibodies may cause interference. Refer to Memo #172

Reviewed by jlcarr on December 28, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514