Serum alpha-fetoprotein in the early stage of human hepatocellular carcinoma.

@article{Chen1984SerumAI,
  title={Serum alpha-fetoprotein in the early stage of human hepatocellular carcinoma.},
  author={Ding Shinn Chen and Joohon Sung and J. C. Sheu and M. Y. Lai and S. W. How and H Chia-Yu Hsu and C. Soon Lee and Tek C. Wei},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1984},
  volume={86 6},
  pages={1404-9}
}
The serum alpha-fetoprotein levels of 17 patients with cancers less than or equal to 3 cm in size were studied using radioimmunoassay to determine alpha-fetoprotein response in the early stage of human hepatocellular carcinoma. The levels were normal in 6 patients (35%), and elevated to 645 +/- 1140 micrograms/L (mean +/- SD) in the remaining patients. The levels were not correlated with tumor size. In 10 surgically resected patients, 5 had elevated levels of alpha-fetoprotein that returned to… CONTINUE READING

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