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what does high alkaline phosphatase indicate

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
I doubt it: At age 38? I'd hope not -- you don't want to shop for new clothes. Many folks spike their alk phos after eating, so often it means nothing. If it's re ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
Liver disease, etc..: This usually means liver involvement. It can also mean biliary obstruction, pregnancy, and bone diseases. If can be transiently elevated in acute pa ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Anything else?: This can be normal if you're non-fasting or pregnant, all teens and most kids run very high alk phos, and about 5% of older folks. If you feel well ot ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Need more info....: One single abnormal test is not enough to say what is really wrong. To put all related things together correctly for good care can be done by followin ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Normal: ALT normal value are 5 to 56 and yours is 57.I will not worry about your blood test report.I don't know if it was on routine blood test or there was a ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
26 years experience Radiology
See below: It suggests an obstructive process of the bile ducts. You definitely need further evaluation with mri/mrcp or ercp.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Seek cause: Vitamin d deficiency is very common today & may explain the high alk phos in an adult; it's usually due to misguided "healthy" lifestyles avoiding sun ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Wrong approach: Alkaline phosphatase is a lab value to tell a physician what is happening, not a medical problem to treat. It can be high just because you're growing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Above 140IU/L: The normal range is 20 to 140 iu/l in adult.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
It depends: Alkaline phosphatase comes from different sources and depending on the site of the lesion, it may be really high. Please note that all lab results nee ... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Plenty: You describe yourself as a 73 year old lady and i'm betting you feel well but have an alk phos a bit high on your routine chemical profile. Many folks ... Read More
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