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Sample Type: SERUM
Acid phosphatase is an enzyme present chiefly in the prostate gland and semen. Some amount is present in blood throughout the body. Prostatic acid phosphatase is more specific for prostate cancer and should be used instead if screening for this condition.
This test is performed on a blood sample. Avoid all physical examinations of the prostate gland and participation in sexual intercourse from 24 hours prior to the test. Some drugs like clofibrate, oxalate, fluoride, and alcohol may interfere with the