What is alkaline phosphatase (ALP)?
ALP is an enzyme in the body that is crucial for the development of strong, healthy bones. People with HPP have persistently low ALP, which contributes to many symptoms of the condition, including frequent bone injuries. It’s important to adjust for age and sex when assessing ALP to arrive at the most accurate possible reference range, especially in children.
How do I know if my
diagnosis is correct?
HPP is commonly misdiagnosed as these conditions.
Frequently in adults, HPP is mistaken for other more common conditions. If you feel something is wrong, and believe your symptoms could mean something more, don’t settle. A doctor can diagnose HPP with the help of a blood test.
What steps can I take with my child’s doctor to test my child for HPP?
Having a child who doesn’t gain weight, grow on pace, or meet expected milestones can be a sign that something’s not right. Ask your child’s doctor for a blood test to determine if your child has persistently low ALP.
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