The aldolase blood test measures the amount of aldolase in your blood. Aldolase is an enzyme present in the skeletal muscles, liver and brain. The enzyme helps the body break down sugars to generate energy for daily activities. When muscles are damaged, their cells release aldolase into the bloodstream in large quantities.
What is the aldolase blood test for? It is ordered to check for muscle or liver damage.
- Muscular dystrophy, a group of inherited diseases that cause muscle weakness
- Uncommon inflammatory muscle diseases like polymyositis and dermatomyositis
The test may also be used to monitor patients receiving treatment for a muscle disorder. This to understand whether the treatment has been effective in improving their condition or the disease is getting worse.
- Hepatitis, cirrhosis, mononucleosis or other liver diseases
- Liver cancer
- Liver injury
Aldolase blood test is usually ordered in conjunction with the following:
Creatine kinase (CK) blood test for muscle disease: Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in the heart and skeletal muscles. Elevated levels of aldolase and creatine kinase can help in moving closer to a diagnosis.
Alanine aminitransferase test (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase test (AST) for liver damage: ALT and AST are enzymes present mainly in the liver, and their presence in the bloodstream indicates damage to liver cells.
Aldolase blood test normal range: 1.0 to 7.5 units per liter (0.02 to 0.13 microkat/L) [Can add in table form as seen in the Word doc attached]
Normal values may vary slightly between laboratories. Talk to your physician or one of our board-certified physicians to understand the meaning of your test results.
What does it mean when your aldolase is high?
Abnormal test results can indicate a muscle or liver disease.
What do low aldolase test levels mean?
The absence of aldolase in blood is a normal result. In other words, the aldolase level in blood cannot be too low.
What is a good aldolase level?
An amount that falls within the normal range is usually nothing to worry about.
What to expect:
The aldolase blood test is like any routine blood test where the lab takes a sample of your blood by expertly inserting a needle into a vein in your arm. You feel a slight prick but that’s about it. Some people have slight bruising at the injection site afterwards but this is harmless and disappears quickly.
How to prepare:
There are certain recommendations on what you should do or avoid before you’re due for a specific blood test. For the aldolase blood test, it is generally advised that you don’t eat or drink 6-12 hours prior to the test. You may be asked to avoid intense exercise 12 hours before the test.
Some prescription and non-prescription drugs can affect blood test results. Your doctor will advise you on stopping any medication you’re on that may interfere with the test.
Estimated turnaround for results:
You can view your aldolase blood test result online in 2-10 business days.
Want the exact turnaround time? As turnaround times vary depending on testing location or lab testing provider, the only way is to contact the lab directly. Drop us a line and we will get in touch with the lab on your behalf.
If higher than usual levels of aldolase are found, then your doctor may order a few more tests to diagnose the underlying condition. Based on the diagnosis, you may be asked to get your aldolase levels checked periodically.
Whether this is your first time getting the aldolase blood test or you’ve had it before, Personalabs can make blood testing and health tracking convenient for you.
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