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A 25-year-old female asked:

Test result for alk phosphatase below standard range. others (total bilirubin, bun, albumin, total protein) also low. what could this mean? next step?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Stop worrying: Low alk phos means nothing whatsoever. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Glad you're interested in lab work. For most labs, worrisome results are way outta range.
Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your clinician: There may be nothing "wrong" with you. Note that no test is perfectly accurate. Also, if you're at very low risk for a disease, an abnormal result is less likely to be true. You need to sit down with a clinician to review your tests in light of your overall personal & family medical history, physical findings, & health goals. Next steps include further tests, & watch & wait. Hope that helps.

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