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Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic

Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic

Prostatic Acid Phosphatase appears in the prostate and is generally present in tiny amounts in the blood.

What is Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic?

 Acid phosphatase is found in the prostate glands in males and also resides as an enzyme in our body.

 The enzyme is 100 times more available in the prostate glands of males than in the body. Cancer in the glands results in an increase in the enzyme.

 This is used as a basis to diagnose the level of cancer. The enzyme present is called prostatic acid phosphatase.

Why is Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic suggested?

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

  • Constant urination.
  • Stomach pain.

How is Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic 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 – Prostatic test?

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

Preparation before performing Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test

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

Post-care after Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test

 Our doctors consult with us once the results of the Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test are out.

  1. If our PSA count exceeds 4.0 ng/ml, then we might have prostate cancer.
  2. Doctors suggest a prostate biopsy next to gather more evidence.

Sample types in Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test

 The sample used is blood.

Side-effects/ risks of Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test

 There are no specific side-effects of the Acid Phosphatase – Prostatic test.

  • Certain medications might alter the test results
  • Always consult the doctor if you’re on any medication before taking this test.

Genetic conditions might cause abnormalities in the test result.

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