LabCorp Test

Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test

Quick Overview

Measures the level of alkaline phosphatase in the blood.

Test #001107


Availability: In stock

Also Known As ALK, ALP, Phosphatase, Alkaline
Preparation No special preparation required.
Test Results 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found in the bloodstream. This enzyme helps break down proteins in your body and exists in different forms depending on where it originates. Your liver is the main source of alkaline phosphatase.  It is also produced in the intestines, bones, kidneys, and pancreas. 

The Alkaline Phosphatase test can help to determine the following:

  • cirrhosis
  • blockage of bile ducts
  • hepatitis
  • cholecystitis

An Alkaline Phosphatase test can help diagnose the following bone problems:

  • rickets
  • osteomalacia
  • Paget’s disease

This test can also be useful in answering for the presence of cancer tumors, unusual bone growth or deficiency of vitamin D.

Higher blood levels of Alkaline Phosphatase may also indicate problems with your liver or gallbladder. These problems may include:

  • gallstones
  • blockage of bile ducts
  • liver cancer
  • cirrhosis
  • hepatitis

High levels can indicate overactive parathyroid gland, bone cancer, rickets or Paget 's, disease.

Low levels of Alkaline Phosphatase in your bloodstream is rare but may indicate malnutrition, which can be caused by a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals or celiac disease.

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