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Medicine for high alkaline phosphatase levels?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in 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 (teens tend to be maybe 5x the upper limit of the reference range). About 5% of older folks have a high alk phos for "no reason", presumably paget's of the bone that never becomes evident; nonfasting samples may have it from the intestine.
Answered on Jan 17, 2020
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