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An alkaline phosphatase (ALP) test measures the amount of the enzyme ALP in your child's blood. ALP is made mostly in the liver and in bone. But some of it is made in the intestines and kidneys.
The ALP test is done to:
In general, you don't need to do anything before your child has this test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/19/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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