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Old 06-09-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question Lupus and now elevated AFP, how concerned?

How concerned should you be with an AFP, Tumor Marker at 12.2ng/mL. Patient is a 28 year old male with history of System Lupus non-active for many years on multiple medications to control this. Negative for hep A/C and past immunity to b. Liver markers are slightly elevated from previous labs, potassium slight elevated at 6.2 and a CRP at 8.9. ALT/AST 49/38. Testicular exam is normal. No family history of testicular, prostate or liver cancer as far as he notes.

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Re: Lupus and now elevated AFP, how concerned?

I'd be concerned of possible primary liver cancer, imaging needs to be done. I have 5 tumors on my liver, a plain CT not show them all, but one with contrast did, it however could not determine what they are, so I was supposed to get a follow up MRI and for some reason it didn't get scheduled so my gastro is going to do a follow up CT to make sure they don't grow. However, I went and had blood work on the AFP tumor marker and it was perfectly normal. That is what put my mind at ease.

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