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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — aldolase

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Description

Aldolase is an enzyme found in the body that helps break down carbohydrates. It is typically measured in the serum of a patient to help diagnose certain diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, liver disease, and kidney disease.

To obtain aldolase from a patient's serum, a sample of the patient's blood is taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will then use a method called enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to measure the amount of aldolase in the serum. This method involves adding a specific antibody to the serum sample that binds to the aldolase enzyme. The amount of aldolase in the sample is then measured by measuring the amount of antibody-aldolase complex that is formed. The results of the test are then reported as a numerical value, which can be used to diagnose certain diseases.

Synonyms
  • ALD
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Aldolase
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