Test Catalog

Test ID: ALS    
Aldolase, Serum

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detection of muscle disease

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Aldolase is necessary for glycolysis in muscle as a "rapid response" pathway for production of adenosine triphosphate, independent of tissue oxygen.


Aldolase catalyses the conversion of fructose 1,6-diphosphate into dihydroxyacetone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate, an important reaction in the glycolytic breakdown of glucose to lactate in muscle.


Aldolase is a tetramer whose primary structure depends upon the tissue from which it was synthesized (liver, muscle, brain). The brain form of aldolase has, because of its preponderance in white cells, been suggested to be a leukemia marker, but this is not confirmed.


Elevated values are found in muscle diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and limb-girdle dystrophy.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

0-16 years: <14.5 U/L

> or =17 years: <7.7 U/L

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

The highest levels of aldolase are found in progressive (Duchenne) muscular dystrophy. Lesser elevations are found in dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and limb-girdle dystrophy. In dystrophic conditions causing hyperaldolasemia, the increase in aldolase becomes less dramatic as muscle mass decreases.


Reference (normal) values are observed in polio, myasthenia gravis, and multiple sclerosis.


Aldolase increases in myocardial infarction in a time pattern similar to the aspartate aminotransferase.


Increases are also associated with acute viral hepatitis, but levels are normal or slightly elevated in chronic hepatitis, portal cirrhosis, and obstructive jaundice.


Elevations may also be seen with gangrene, prostate tumors, trichinosis, some carcinomas metastatic to the liver, some chronic leukemias, some blood dyscrasias, and delirium tremens.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

No significant cautionary statements