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Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test

The alkaline phosphatase blood test measures the level of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase in the blood.

Sample Report

Test Code: 001107

Also Known As: ALK; ALP; Phosphatase; Alkaline; ALK blood test; ALP blood test

Methodology: Kinetic

Preparation: Fasting for 6-8 hours required.

Test Results: 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Test Code: 234

Also Known As: ALK; ALP; Phosphatase; Alkaline; ALK blood test; ALP blood test

Methodology: Spectrophotometry (SP)

Preparation: Fasting for 6-8 hours required.

Test Results: 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

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 primary source of alkaline phosphatase.  It is also produced in the intestines, bones, kidneys, and pancreas.

What is the Alkaline Phosphatase blood test used for?

The alkaline phosphatase test (ALP test) can help to determine the following:

  • cirrhosis
  • blockage of bile ducts
  • hepatitis
  • cholecystitis

An alkaline phosphatase blood 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 (ALP) may also indicate problems with your liver or gallbladder. These problems may include:

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

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

A low level 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.

Order an alkaline phosphatase Test (ALP Test) without insurance or a doctor’s note required.

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