Alpha-fetoprotein as a tumor marker in hepatocellular carcinoma: investigations in south Indian subjects with hepatotropic virus and aflatoxin etiologies.

@article{Murugavel2008AlphafetoproteinAA,
  title={Alpha-fetoprotein as a tumor marker in hepatocellular carcinoma: investigations in south Indian subjects with hepatotropic virus and aflatoxin etiologies.},
  author={Kailapuri Gangatharan Murugavel and Stephanie A Mathews and Venkataraman Jayanthi and Esaki M Shankar and Roman Hari and R Surendran and Appasamy Vengatesan and Kamini Raghuram and P Rajasambandam and A Lakshmi Murali and Usha Kuppa Srinivas and Kallipatti Ramasamy Palaniswamy and Thangavelu Pugazhendhi and Sadras Panchatcharam Thyagarajan},
  journal={International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={12 6},
  pages={e71-6}
}
OBJECTIVES The prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is reportedly the main cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in India, where hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated HCC is believed to be relatively less prevalent. We verified the usefulness of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) as a tumor marker and analyzed the influence of viral etiology on AFP levels in HCC. METHODS Of a total of 1012 cases with liver disease, 202 were investigated for the presence of AFP (142 HCC cases, 30 cirrhosis cases, and 30… CONTINUE READING

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