Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)

Colorimetric assay for the quantitative determination of alkaline phosphatase activity in human serum.
Clinical details: 
ALP is present in most organs of the body and is particularly associated with membranes and cell surfaces located in the small intestine, the kidneys, in bone (osteoblasts), liver and placenta.
It exists in multiple forms some of which are true isoenzymes.
Elevations in serum ALP activity commonly originate from the liver and bone.
A considerable rise in alkaline phosphatase activity is sometimes seen in children and juveniles. It is caused by increased osteoblast activity following accelerated bone growth.
Reference range: 

See Chemistry Reference Ranges Document at Automated Chemistry Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas'

Synonyms or keywords: 
Component of liver function profile and of bone profile.
Sample type and Volume required: 
Turnaround time: 
1 day
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Last updated: 08/11/2021