OBJECTIVE: To determine whether there was a correlation between tumor size and alpha feto-protein (alpha-FP) levels in hepatocellular carcinoma. SETTING: Retrospective study in tertiary referral center with specialist Oncology services in Southern Pakistan. SUBJECTS: Consecutive patients with biopsy-proven hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed between January 1994 and June 1998. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Correlation between alpha-FP levels and maximum tumor diameter. RESULTS: The mean tumor size was 8.3 +/- 4.2 cm. The mean alpha-FP level was 17,027 ng/ml. Twenty four percent patients had an alpha-FP level which was within the normal limits (< 10 ng/ml). There was no correlation between tumor size and alpha-FP levels (r = -0.155; p = 0.129). CONCLUSION: There was no correlation between the tumor size and alpha-FP levels.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2001|
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