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Why would you get an alkaline phosphatase test?

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This test checks the health of your liver, Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme that can build up in your blood if your liver doesn’t work right. Doctors often use this test to look for blocked bile ducts. Other conditions that can cause problems with your liver include:

The test can also spot problems with your bones, including:

  • Liver cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Cancers that have spread to your bones
  • Paget’s disease, which affects how bones grow
  • Issues caused by vitamin D deficiency

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Alkaline Phosphatase.”

The Science Museum (U.K.): “Your Body -- What Do Your Cells Do?”

National Institutes of Health, Genetics Home Reference: “ALPL gene.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Lab Tests Online -- ALP.”

Kids Health by Nemours Foundation: “Blood Test -- Hepatic (Liver) Function Panel.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia: “Alkaline Phosphatase.”

The Science Museum (U.K.): “Your Body -- What Do Your Cells Do?”

National Institutes of Health, Genetics Home Reference: “ALPL gene.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Lab Tests Online -- ALP.”

Kids Health by Nemours Foundation: “Blood Test -- Hepatic (Liver) Function Panel.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

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