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.
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.