What is Serum acid phosphatase?
Serum acid phosphatase meaning A type of blood serum study that measures acid phosphatase.Elevated serum levels of acid phosphatase are seen in patients with carcinoma of the prostate that has extended beyond the prostate capsule. Patients with prostatic carcinoma still confined within the capsule usually have a normal serum level. Patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy may have slight elevations of the serum acid phosphatase level after virgorous prostatic "massage." Since other tissues may also release acid phosphatase into the serum, minor elevations may reflect an origin other than the prostate. Acid phosphatase determination has been used diagnostically to help determine the resectability of prostatic cancers. Cancer which have extended beyond the prostatic capsule, i.e., to the bone, are not generally treated by prostatectomy.