Acid Phosphatase – Total
In the presence of prostate cancer, the acid phosphatase total levels increase. This depends on the stage of the disease
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:
- Slight discomfort might occur at the needle entry location.
- You might also feel dizziness.
- 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.