alpha-fetoprotein

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al·pha-fe·to·pro·tein

 (ăl′fə-fē′tō-prō′tēn, -tē-ĭn)
n. Abbr. AFP
A glycoprotein that is abundant in the blood plasma of human and other mammalian fetuses and is also present in the serum of people with certain diseases, such as liver cancer. Abnormal levels in maternal serum are associated with certain fetal abnormalities, including Down syndrome and spina bifida.

alpha-fetoprotein

(ˌælfəˌfiːtəʊˈprəʊtiːn)
n
(Biochemistry) a protein that forms in the liver of the human fetus. Excessive quantities in the amniotic fluid and maternal blood may indicate spina bifida in the fetus; low levels may point to Down's syndrome. Abbreviation: afp

al`pha-fe`to•pro′tein

(ˌfi toʊˈproʊ tin, -ti ɪn)

n.
a serum protein produced during pregnancy, useful in the prenatal diagnosis of multiple births or birth defects. Abbr.: AFP
[1970–75]
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This large increase in NP-AFP cases, which represent AFP cases caused by agents other than poliovirus, probably reflects the excellent implementation of the expanded definition of AFP and highly sensitive surveillance and detection methods used by NPSP in India from 2005 onwards, in contrast to the other polio-endemic countries, i.e., Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan, where the expanded AFP surveillance is not in place (1-5).
Key achievements over the past 2 years include creation of an expanded AFP surveillance medical officer infrastructure covering all parts of the country, implementation of an intensified house-to-house vaccination strategy during NIDs and SNIDs, and supplementation of hundreds of thousands of children with vitamin A during polio vaccination campaigns.

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