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Des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP)

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Also known as: PIVKA II (protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonists II)
Formal name: Des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To evaluate effectiveness of treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of liver cancer, if the level of des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin is elevated prior to treatment; to monitor for recurrence of HCC

When to Get Tested?

Periodically when you have been treated for HCC

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?