What causes elevated alkaline phosphatase levels?

Posted on Mon, 3 Nov 2014 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Question: I have a high alkaline phosphatase level of 131. Is that bad?
Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri 20 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Alkaline phosphate is slightly raised

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic.

Alkaline phosphatase is a liver enzyme.
It is elevated in cases of obstruction of external biliary tract.
The obstruction can be within the biliary tract eg stones, or can be external to the biliary tract.
However, in cases of obstruction, the levels are quire high and value of 131 is only marginally above the normal range.
Is the level of alkaline phosphate associated with abnormal levels of other liver enzymes?
If yes then there is some abnormality in the liver and biliary tract.
However, the alkaline phosphate level is within lim
No need to worry.

Dr Shailja P Wahal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
Follow up: Dr. Shailja Puri 59 minutes later
Is there anything I could do to lower the level?
Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
You need to monitor the levels of alkaline phosphatase

Detailed Answer:
Hello amd welcome again,

If you consume alcohol then avoid it.
Menopause status can also cause slight elevation of high ALP.
You can monitor the levels of alkaline phosphatase.

You have not mentioned about other liver enzymes levels.
At the same time you can get an uyltrasound abdomen to know the status of biliary tract.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Bhagyalaxmi Nalaparaju
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