|Downtime form:||A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery|
Absolute Minimum: 0.5 mL CSF
Values for alpha-fetoprotein in cerebrospinal fluid have not been formally established for newborns and infants. The available literature indicates that by 2 months of age, levels comparable to adults should be reached.
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpfulAn adjunct in the diagnosis of central nervous system (CNS) germinomas and meningeal carcinomatosis
Evaluating germ-cell tumors, including testicular cancer metastatic to the CNS in conjunction with beta-human chorionic gonadotropin measurement
An adjunct in distinguishing between suprasellar dysgerminomas and craniopharyngiomas
A supplement to cerebrospinal fluid cytologic analysis