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Acid Phosphatase Test

Alternate Names : Prostatic Acid Phosphatase Test, Serum Acid Phosphatase Test, PAP Test, Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase Test, TRAP Test

Acid Phosphatase Test | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

A healthy level of acid phosphatase in the blood is 0 to 0.8 U/L (units per liter). Abnormal levels of acid phosphatase in the blood may indicate one or more of the following:

  • prostate cancer that has spread outside the prostate gland, often to bone
  • decreased flow of blood to the prostate gland
  • Paget disease, a disease in which bones thicken and soften
  • anemia, which is a low number of red blood cells
  • infection
  • prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate gland
  • thrombophlebitis, which is inflammation and small blood clots in a vein, usually in the leg
  • Gaucher disease, which is a lipid metabolism disorder
  • hyperparathyroidism, which is a condition caused by increased activity of the parathyroid gland
  • heart attack
  • kidney disease, such as end-stage renal disease
  • physical stimulation of the prostate gland, which can be done by prostate examination, colonoscopy, or enemas
  • multiple myeloma, which is a malignancy beginning in the plasma cells of the bone marrow

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    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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