A 37-year-old female asked:
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would amylase and lipase be high or low with pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Pancreatic Cancer: They would be high. Cancer implies growth of excess or abnormal tissue. This would lead to more enzymes than less.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Imran Saeed
18 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Amylase and lipase: Are usually elevated with inflammation such as pancreatitis and could be normal with pancreatic cancer. A tumor marker ca 19-9 is usually elevated with pancreatic tumors. Depending on the location of tumor biliary enzymes could be elevated too.
Answered on Jul 26, 2013
Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Can be high or low: The amylase is usually low in patients with pancreatic cancer. However, if the pancreatic duct becomes obstructed and causes pancreatitis, the amylase and lipase can become elevated.
Answered on Apr 15, 2018

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