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Alpha Fetoprotein question

Testicular cancer 1987 followed by 5 weeks of radiation, All follow up AFP test were fine. Now, 21 years later, I get an AFP score of 11 ng/mL. the range on the report shows normal 0-6. I have read elsewhere that under 10 is sometimes considered normal. Ultrasound last week showed normal
Question: is 11 really high?
Further, I have had abdominal pains(mostly left side but does extend to right sight- often front and back)  lately; going in Tuesday for for laproscopic procedure to explore possible internal hernia(s) following a 2003 gastric bypass procesure for weight loss.
Thoughts? Ideas?
Thanks.
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Subsequent results:
Rerun of AFP test (3 weeks after original test) results were 5.2 (lowered from 11).
CT scan was fine with a possible small (1.5CM) cyst on right kidney.
Everything else on CT was fine (according to radiologist and my urologist).
I was operated on for internal hernia on 7/16 resulting from bariatric bypass surgery in 2003.
Thanks again for your insights.
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