A 33-year-old female asked:
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high amylase and white cells in 14 yr old son, besides pancreatitis, what would be the cause? is there any other possible causes of high amylase?

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Dr. Omar Matuk-villazon
11 years experience Pediatrics
Elevated Amylase: An elevated amylase in a 14 year old boy does not guarantee the diagnosis of pancreatitis (which lipase is more sensitive). The main sources of amylase in humans are the pancreas and salivary glands. More information will be required for a more broad differential diagnosis. If any mayor concern please go with your pediatrician.
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Amylase: Pancreatitis, gall bladder inflammation, an infection in the salivary gland,gastroenteritis (stomach virus),ulcer or intestinal blockage. Also certain medications can increase the amylase levels. You dont specify how high the amylase is?
Answered on Aug 11, 2014
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Dr. Donald Collins
40 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: It's possible that gallbladder problems could lead to pancreatitis in a teen. Some people have high amylase without any symptoms, called hyperamylasemia. Can't think of other causes in one this age. But with high white cells, likely has infection of gallbladder and/or pancreas.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience Pediatrics
Also, make sure there are no issues with the salivary glands. the parotid duct can get partially obstructed if he has the habit of biting his cheeks and that can lead to low grade infection
Aug 10, 2014

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