Also Known As
ALP Blood Test, ALP Isoenzyme Test, ALP Fractionation Test, ALK Phos Blood Test
What Is the Purpose of the ALP Blood Test
Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme produced by the liver and bones. A blood test for alkaline phosphatase can show if levels are elevated. This can be a symptom of several health issues affecting the liver, parathyroid gland, bones, or muscles. A blood test for ALP may be one of the tools used to diagnose conditions such as leukemia, vitamin D or calcium deficiency, and bone cancers.
What Does a Blood Test for Alkaline Phosphatase Measure?
An ALP lab test will show the levels of this enzyme in your blood.
Who Should Take an ALP Lab Test?
Your physician may recommend an ALP blood test to help diagnose or assess:
- Paget’s disease
- Chronic liver diseases
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Calcium deficiency
- Bone cancers
You may be tested if you have symptoms of liver disease or bone problems. Liver disease symptoms include:
- Appetite loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irregular urine and stool changes
Bone symptoms may include:
- Irregularities in bone shape or size
ALP Blood Test Preparation
No special preparation is necessary for the alk phos blood test.
Alk Phos Blood Test Results
Normal test levels range from 44 to 147 international units per liter, or IU/l. Results above that range could point to a health concern. You may need to undergo further testing to determine a diagnosis. This can include:
If you need help understanding your results and the next steps you should take, we’re here to help. Schedule a telehealth appointment with one of our board-certified physicians to discuss your blood test for alkaline phosphatase. These appointments can be done from the privacy of your home or office.
Where Can I Get an Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test Near Me?
Need a blood test for ALP? Personalabs makes it simple and convenient to get the health tests you need:
Step 1: Order the test online and download the lab order. (A doctor’s pre-approval isn’t required, depending on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Visit our lab locator to find the facility nearest you among our 4,000-plus partner labs across America. This gives you convenience and the ability to schedule an appointment that works with your schedule.
Step 3: Bring the blood work order to the lab and have your blood drawn.
Step 4: Accurate results will appear in your secure and confidential Personalabs account, typically within 2 to 10 business days. Turnaround times vary by lab, so if you need results in a certain timeframe, contact us and we will reach out to the lab on your behalf.
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