Specimen Requirements


Acid Phosphatase, Prostatic

Specimen Requirement

1 SST/1.0 mL serum. After 30 minutes of clotting, promptly centrifuge and refrigerate.



Room Temp: 24hrs; Refrigerated 24 hours: Frozen: 28 days

Reference Range

By Report*


3-5 days Performed Tues, Thurs, Sat

Clinical Use

An adjunct in the evaluation of possible prostatic malignancy and useful in monitoring therapeutic progress. Diagnose carcinoma of prostate, metastatic; monitor therapy with antineoplastic drugs in prostatic cancer; evaluate possible histiocytosis. Moderate elevations of total acid phosphatase have been observed with malignant invasion of bone, myelocytic leukemia, Paget’s disease, hyperparathyroidism with skeletal involvement, Gaucher’s disease, and Neimann-Pick disease. Spurious elevations may occur in hemolytic disease and impaired kidney function.

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