Alkaline phosphatase

AsseyMethod: ALP
Sector: Biochemistry
SampleType: S
S.Vol: -
Transport: 2 hrs. at RT
Storage: Analyse sample until 4 hours
Test Name: Alkaline phosphatase
Normal Range: Male≤270 Female≤240 Children≤1200

This test is related to
Why get tested?

To screen for or monitor treatment for a liver or bone disorder

When to get tested?

As part of liver function tests, bone profile tests or when a person has symptoms of a liver or bone disorder

Sample required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test preparation needed?

Fasting is preferred but not essential for this test

What is being tested?

Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme found in high amounts in bone and liver. Smaller amounts of ALP are found in the placenta of women who are pregnant, and in the intestines. Each of these body parts makes different forms of ALP. The different forms are called isoenzymes.

How is the sample collected for testing?

A blood sample is taken by needle from a vein in the arm.

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

Fasting is preferred but not essential for this test. Eating a meal can increase the ALP level slightly for a few hours in some people. It is usually better to do the test after fasting overnight. In this case, only water is permitted.