A member asked:

Seen gp for upper left abdom pain that radiates to central chest (sharp/stabbing) pain. blood work showed elevated amylase and he ordered ultrasound. nly that enzyme was elevated. whats he lookin for?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Pancreatitis: The pancreas is located in the central upper abdomen with some of it extending into the left upper quadrant. Amylase is one of the pancreatic enzymes that can be elevated in cases of pancreatitis. Ultrasound may be able to look at the pancreas determining the reason for the enzyme elevation and the pain.

Answered 2/11/2014


Dr. James Cain answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

Pancreatitis: Abdominal pain with elevated amylase is typical of pancreatitis. Lipase should be elevated too.

Answered 2/13/2014



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