, α-fetoproteinsβ-fetoproteinsγ-fetoproteins (fē'tō-prō'tēnz),
Fetal proteins found in small amounts in adults in the following forms: α-fetoproteins (AFP) increases in maternal blood during pregnancy and, when detected by amniocentesis, is an important indicator of open neural tube defects and is also used as a tumor marker in adults (see following definition); β-fetoproteins, although a fetal liver protein, has been detected in adult patients with liver disease; γ-fetoproteins occurs in various neoplasms.
See also: fetoglobulins.
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However, none of the published reports on inflammatory pseudotumor have mentioned the presence of positive tumor markers (e.g., alpha fetoproteins or carcinoembryonic antigens) in these lesions.