Aldolase is a protein (called an enzyme) that helps break down certain sugars to produce energy. It is found in high amount in muscle tissue. The aldolase blood test is used to measure the amount of aldolase in your blood.
The reference range of aldolase in the blood is 1.0 to 7.5 units per liter (0.02 to 0.13 microkat/L).
The higher level of aldolase in the blood may indicate
- Damage to skeletal muscles
- Heart attack
- Viral infection (mononucleosis)
- Liver, pancreatic, or prostate cancer
- Muscle disease such as dermatomyositis, muscular dystrophy, polymyositis
- Swelling and inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
Risks of getting abnormal aldolase in the blood include
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or feeling lightheaded