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Acid Phosphatase – Total

In the presence of prostate cancer, the acid phosphatase total levels increase. This depends on the stage of the disease

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What is Acid Phosphatase – Total test?

 Acid phosphatase is a body enzyme, primarily found in the prostate gland.

  • Like all other enzymes, acid phosphatase also executes certain chemical reactions in our body.
  • The testing is done to find whether cancer has spread to other organs and to assess the effectiveness of its treatment.

Why is Acid Phosphatase – Total test?

 Prostatic acid phosphatase test is generally suggested when the underlying symptoms are detected:

  • Constant urination.
  • Stomach pain.

How is Acid Phosphatase – Total performed?

 No special preparations are required before the prostatic acid phosphatase test.

  • About 5-10 ml of blood sample is required before the test.
  • The patient should not receive a prostate massage before the test.
  • Doctors determine from which tissue the enzymes are coming out.
  • This helps in diagnosing whether the enzymes are exiting the prostate or red blood cells.
  • Chemical tartrate is added to the blood sample to exhibit the symptoms of prostatic phosphatase.

What are the parameters measured in Acid Phosphatase – Total test?

 An acid phosphatase total test diagnoses Gaucher’s disease, prostate cancer, Niemann-Pick disease, and prostatic hyperplasia.

Preparation before performing Acid Phosphatase – Total test

 There are no specific preparations required for the Acid Phosphatase – Total test.

 

Post-care after Acid Phosphatase – Total test

 Certain aftercare points are to be noted before taking the Acid Phosphatase – Total test. These include:

  1. Slight discomfort might occur at the needle entry location.
  2. You might also feel dizziness.
  3. To reduce bruising, apply pressure on the puncture area until bleeding halts.

 

Sample types in Acid Phosphatase – Total test

 Blood samples are taken to perform the Acid Phosphatase total test.

Side-effects/ risks of Acid Phosphatase – Total test

 There are no specific side-effects. Although it is to be noted that this test is only for diagnosing prostate cancer. The phosphatase levels only rise after cancer has metastasized.

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