Should I be concerned about a high alkaline phosphatase level?

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.
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.

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