maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein


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maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein

Alpha-fetoprotein present in the blood of a pregnant woman. See: alpha-fetoprotein
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Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein measurement in antenatal screening for anencephaly and spina bifida in early pregnancy.
Fetal chromosome aneuploidies and maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels in first trimester.
In: Gastel B, Haddow JE, Fletcher JC, Neale E, eds: Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein: issues in the prenatal screening and diagnosis of neural tube defects.
The characteristics of a population of Canadian women offered maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening during pregnancy.
(23.) Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening for neural tube defects.
Another indication that placenta accreta may be a problem is an otherwise unexplained increase in maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels.
Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MS-AFP) screening for neural tube defects, trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome), and other gestational abnormalities has become increasingly common over the last few years (see Figures I and 11).
In a retrospective study of nearly 400 patients who had been referred for routine amniocentesis on the basis of maternal age or an abnormal maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein finding, Dr.
Triple-screen biochemical testing also was done in each case, measuring maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotrophin, and unconjugated estradiol levels.

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