Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found in several tissues throughout the body. The highest concentrations of ALP are present in the cells that comprise bone and the liver.
This test measures the level of ALP in the blood. Elevated levels of ALP in the blood are most commonly caused by liver disease or bone disorders.
An ALP test may be ordered as part of routine laboratory testing, often with a group of other tests called a liver panel. It is also usually ordered along with several other tests when a person has symptoms of a liver or bone disorder.
Requirements: Fasting preferred (Please consult your physician). In order to ensure a quality specimen, we recommend not eating for 2-3 hours prior to your blood draw. If you must eat, try to limit intake of fatty of foods as the fat molecules can accumulate in your blood after a meal and make some lab tests inaccurate.
CPT Code: 84075
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