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Hi, guys. My father has been experiencing some liver problems lately. He is an alcoholic and this doesn’t surprise me. He was recently found with increased phosphatase levels in serum. I would like to know if we are talking about the liver cancer in this case. What do you think about this?

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Hi, there. There are two types of phosphatases in serum. The first one is alkaline and the other one is acid. The one that is related to the liver is alkaline phosphatase or ALP. ALP can also be a manifestation of bone disease. Even when it represents some liver problem, it doesn’t have to mean that it is the cancer that is underlying cause. Gallstones can also cause the increasing of ALP. It would be best to make ultrasound and tumor markers. Maybe a doctor will ask for CT. I hope this helps.
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