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Hello, I just got a AFP Serum Tumor Marker test back and

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Hello,

I just got a AFP Serum Tumor Marker test back and the reading says 138.5(H). It says it is out of range. My urologist ordered these because of a mass that was found on one of my testicles. He gave me antibiotics to take in the mean time and the pain has gone from being strong to not having any at all. I took the AFP test before I started the antibiotic.

What does all this mean? What could be my possible diagnosis?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

The AFP level high means there is some risk of testicular cancer.

mysticdoc :

Although infection can also cause high AFP, and since the level was measured before antibiotics, AFP test should be repeated now.

mysticdoc :

A decreasing level is reassuring meaning infection is the likely cause.

mysticdoc :

And you will also need a testicular ultrasound to evaluate the swelling better.

mysticdoc :

That means, you need to see your urologist and set up these follow up tests.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

Customer:

Thank you

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


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