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Alkaline Phosphatase, Serum

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This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 8-12 hours before the test.

Overview


What is Alkaline Phosphatase, Serum?

This test is mostly ordered as a part of liver function tests; when you have symptoms of a liver disorder like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching or bone disease like bone pains.


Why is Alkaline Phosphatase, Serum done?

  1. As a part of liver function test 
  2. If you have signs or symptoms of a liver disorder like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching 
  3. If you have signs or symptoms of bone disease like bone pain, increased frequency of fractures



Interpreting Alkaline Phosphatase, Serum results


Interpretations

  • High Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) usually indicates either the liver has been damaged or there is bone disease
  • Greatly increased ALP level may be associated with blockage of bile ducts as in gall stones or cancer and in Paget's disease of bones
  • Moderately elevated level can be seen in liver diseases like hepatitis, cirrhosis and in other conditions like ulcerative colitis, congestive heart failure, Hodgkin's lymphoma 
  • Low levels of ALP may be seen temporarily in blood transfusion or heart bypass surgery 




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