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Question (05/02/2011):

Title: Cyst on my breast and high alkaline level.

I have a cyst on my breast and also have a high alkaline level which the doctor determined is coming from the bone.

She now scheduled a bone scan.

What could be wrong?


A test for alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is done to check bone problems (sometimes found on X-rays), such as rickets, osteomalacia, bone tumors, Paget's disease, or too much of the hormone that controls bone growth (parathyroid hormone).

Parathyroid hormone is the most important endocrine regulator of calcium and phosphorus concentration in extracellular fluid.

In addition to estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin, all naturally occurring female hormones, many other natural hormones (hypothalamic, other pituitary hormones, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pineal, pancreas, ovarian, and duodenal hormones) can also contribute to FBD or fibrocystic breast disease.

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