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Should I be concerned about a high alkaline phosphatase level?
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Needs evaluation
Alkaline phosphatase is produced by many tissues, including bone and the biliary system. A high alkaline phosphatase can be an indicator of bone disorders or liver/gall bladder/pancreatic diseases and should be evaluated.
In some cases of mild elevation, no problem is found.

In brief: Needs evaluation
Alkaline phosphatase is produced by many tissues, including bone and the biliary system. A high alkaline phosphatase can be an indicator of bone disorders or liver/gall bladder/pancreatic diseases and should be evaluated.
In some cases of mild elevation, no problem is found.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Alkaline phosphatase is primarily used to screen for problems with the liver-gallbladder and bone.
A high level can indicate problems with either area. You need to discuss this in detail with whatever physician ordered the test.

In brief: Yes
Alkaline phosphatase is primarily used to screen for problems with the liver-gallbladder and bone.
A high level can indicate problems with either area. You need to discuss this in detail with whatever physician ordered the test.
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
If this is an incidental finding and you are otherwise healthy, it may be of little or no concern. If you're a young person still growing, very high values are normal. In older folks, subclinical Paget's of the bone is a common cause. Many people raise intestinal alkaline phosphatase if the sample was obtained non-fasting.
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