What do high elevations of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BSAP) suggest in the workup of osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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BSAP can be mildly elevated in patients with fractures. In addition, patients with hyperparathyroidism, Paget disease, or osteomalacia can have elevations of BSAP. Serum OC levels, if high, indicate a high-turnover type of osteoporosis. [104] Elevation of urinary NTx (>40 nmol bone collagen equivalent per mmol urinary creatine) indicates a high turnover state.


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