Measuring plasma enzymes activity is an important tool in diagnosis and monitoring of treatment.
Enzymes that have a physiological rol in blood, like coagulation enzymes, are present in plasma, but also can be found small quantities of enzymes that normally are present in tissues.
These quantities increase in some diseases of tissues and organs, since as a consequence of increased death cells or changes in cell membranes permeability, intracellular enzymes are released into plasma, giving clues about some organs diseases.
There is a strong association between the finding of an increase in plasma of particular enzymes, and the damage of organs that are rich in those enzymes.
A brief (and incomplete) list of enzymes that have been useful as diagnostic tools, and its main diagnostic uses include:
Enzymes and Related Diseases
Acid Phosphatase .- Some Prostatic diseases
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT). -Liver, Heart diseases
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