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A 33-year-old female asked:

Had slightly elevated lipase (80 when normal reference range was 13-60). i'm terrified of pancreatic cancer! i'm only 33! ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
Lipase, not reliable: Lab tests are only done if the doctor suspects something, based on your symptoms. So you need to tell us why was this test done? Did the ordering doctor tell you what may be wrong and what the Lipase test means? It is important to tell us the complete story! Basically Lipase is not a particularly useful test and rarely helps in making any diagnosis. So it is not likely to indicate Cancer at all.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
There are lots of: ...reasons for a mildly elevated lipase, & pancreatic cancer while on the list is pretty low. A repeat study may be warranted to assess trends at this time. Certainly for your reassurance, & especially if lipase remains persistently elevated or rising, then further investigation should be pursued.
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Last updated May 30, 2022


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