Alpha Feto Protein (AFP) Test

  • AFP stands for Alpha Feto Protein.

  • It is a glycoprotein that is formed in the yolk sac of the mother.

  • It is a fetus specific protein that is formed only in the GI(gastrointestinal) tract and the liver of a developing fetus.

  • Then it gets gradually circulated in the fetal as well as the maternal blood.

  • AFP (Alpha FetoProtein) Test is the blood test that is conducted for screening the amount of AFP(Alpha Feto Protein) in the blood.

  • It forms a very integral part of pregnancy health care.

  • This test is recommended usually between the 14th-22nd week of pregnancy.

  • AFP(Alpha FetoProtein) Test is a part of triple or quad screening.