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what does it mean if your amylase and lipase are high?

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Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
Pancreatitis: Amylase and lipase are both enzymes that can be detected in the blood in the setting of pancreatitis. With inflammation or injury to the pancreas, these enzymes are "leaked" and get in to the blood.

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Jersey City, NJ
A 31-year-old female asked:

What can cause amylase & lipase levels to slightly elevate? They weren't too high like norm is under 300 it was 332. All rad tests are negative!

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
More than a little: Elevated. Elevations of amylase and lipase are usually due to pancreatic damage, and some times due to intestinal obstruction, renal failure. X-ray is not the most sensitive diagnostic tool for pancreatic lesions. Do you drink; or have gall stones? It would be prudent to consult a gasto-enterologist for a proper workup for your level of enzyme elevations.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What does "amylase is more sensitive and lipase test is more specific" mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below:: Amylase is elevated more often in patients with panreatitis, but elevated amylase, unless substantially high does not mean pancreatitis. When lipase is elevated the person is more likely to have pancreatitis. See this site for general explanation of these terms http://gim.Unmc.Edu/dxtests/reviewof.Htm.
A 31-year-old female asked:

Lipase level is 477. Amylase is normal. (I do not drink AT ALL)What could this indicate?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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High TG: High triglyceride/Billiary ductal anomaly...stone....
Jersey City, NJ
A 34-year-old female asked:

Lipase is normal amylase is 15 points higher. Should I be concerned? What do each mean? I'm worried.

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Pancreatic Enzymes: Amylase and lipase are enzymes produced by the Pancreas which lies in the upper middle part of abdomen.These enzymes are used in digestion.Amylase converts carbohydrates to glucose and lipase converts lipids to fatty acid.They can get elevated when pancreas is inflamed due to any cause.Your Amylasd is slightly elevated and your doctor must suspected Pancreatitis. Discuss with your doctor about it
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A 43-year-old male asked:

Yesterday I learned that out of a measure of 0-300 my lipase was 411 and my amylase was normal. What does number mean?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Pancreatitis....: Those numbers are significant for pancreatitis.

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