Question by  SuperforceVet (22)

What could be the cause of high levels of ALK PHOS in the blood?

My doctor has told me that I have high level of alk phos in my blood and I have no idea what this is.


Answer by  nurseBetty (76)

High levels may be indicative of liver problems such as cirrhosis, tumor, or obstruction. It may also indicate a bone problem such as a fracture or a tumor. It may also indicate rheumatoid arthritis, hyperparathyroidism, or sarcoidosis. High levels may also occur in blood tested after eating a meal, or if you are on medications such as certain antibiotics.


Answer by  efranftw (31)

ALK PHOS, or rather alkaline phosphatase, is found throughout the body but really for the most part belongs in the liver and bones. If there is a high level of ALK PHOS in the blood, it could be indicative of problems in the bones or liver- very potentially fatal.


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

Alkaline phosphatase is a enzyme that is a marker of a cholestatic liver problem (like gallstones or any sclerosing bile duct disorder) or is a marker of increased bone turnover. There are many causes of both and I suggest that you see you doctor to get follow up tests.


Answer by  PAtobeDU12 (239)

ALK PHOS is an enzyme found in the liver and other organs. It is mainly used to test liver function. High levels could mean possible liver disease.


Answer by  starmlw (960)

Alka phos is an electrolyte used by the body. Your kidneys help control the proper amount your body needs in your blood stream. If your kidneys malfunction, you may have higher levels of alka phos in your blood.


Answer by  GordonLymes (78)

Alkaline phosphatase (ALK PHOS) is an enzime; high levels of it can suggest that bile ducts are blocked or that bone deposition is occurring (usually in children and pregnancy)

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