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A 40-year-old member asked:

My sister has elevated lipase and amylase. nauseated, no appetite. platelets low. so far mri of pancreas is normal. what could be the problem?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Many sources: While lipase and amylase are produced for the most part by the pancreas, an elevation is usually a result of inflammation of pancreatic tissue . If the condition is not severe the scans may fail to detect changes in the gross structure of the pancreas Other organs however are associated with an elevated amylase such as the fallopian tubes and lipase is known to be be produced in mature and immature adipocytes, muscle cells, and mammary epithelial cells . The clinical condition should be followed and if symptoms progress, then reevaluation should be considered

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my sister has elevated lipase and amylase. nauseated, no appetite. platelets low. so far MRI of pancreas norm?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Pancreatitis?: Sometimes imaging lags behind acute disease process. Sounds like pancreatitis. Doctor should treat symptoms and patient not the images.Etiology of pancreatitis needs to be worked out.

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