Marrow acid phosphatase

What is Marrow acid phosphatase?

Marrow acid phosphatase meaning Marrow acid phosphatase is used for the detection of early bone metastasis in patients with prostate cancer. An elevated bone marrow acid phosphatase follows dissemination of prostatic cancer to the marrow space and contraindicates radical surgery in these patients. This test is important since skeletal surveys by routine radiography may be negative until approximately 40% of bone is involved with tumor.


reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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