A 47-year-old member asked:
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my lipase levels are elevated. what can this mean?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Maybe nothing: A mild elevation of serum lipase generally means nothing whatever. Even taking an Ibuprofen tablet may raise the level. The reference range is simply what most folks have. Lipase is assayed primarily to rule out acute pancreatitis, which is not a subtle disease and in which lipase is usually several times above the top of the reference range.
Answered on Dec 10, 2019
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