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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Amylase (Definition)

An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the ...Read more


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What are amylase rich foods?

What are amylase rich foods?

No such thing: Amylase is an enzyme that helps you digest carbohydrates. If you feel well, your serum amylase is not a concern. ...Read more

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What produces amylase in your body?

What produces amylase in your body?

Pancreas and : Salivary glands. Amylase is needed for digestion of starch and is made predominantly by pancreas and salivary glands. ...Read more

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Why is it okay for your amylase to be low, but not for it to be high?

Reference range: These ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies arbitrarily fall outside. A VERY low amylase might warn of a person who's lost their pancreas, but if this had happened, you'd know. Actually, labs are meaningless apart form patient histories and physical exams, and a high amylase is usually not a problem if you feel well. ...Read more

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If my amylase is 15 points high should i be worried? What is amylase?

Good question.: amylase is one of a group of enzymes that catalyze the metabolism of starches and glycogen. A normal reference value for someone your age is35-115 units. Very high amylase is associated with several serious illnesses ...Read more

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How do I lower amylase level?

You don't: Amylase is an enzyme made by the salivary glands, pancreas and intestine and excreted into the gut to facilitate breakdown of starch into sugars. The blood amylase level is a balance between synthesis/release of amylase and degradation/elimination of amylase. In certain conditions, amylase escapes into the blood, raising levels. It is excreted by kidney so elevation can be seen in kidney disease ...Read more

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What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

Can be pancreas infl: Amylase: enzyme made by pancreas and salivary glands. Elevation can be seen with pancreatitis, mumps, vomiting/bulimia sometimes with other GI (gallbladder, ulcer), gyn issues. Lipase is a somewhat more specific pancreatic enzyme. Mild elevations non specific, very high more specific marker of pancreatic inflammation. Kidney disease screws up the values. Incr. In cystic fibrosis, celiac, . ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Yes: A person with chronic pancreatitis may have lost enough of the pancreatic tissue that increase in serum amylase does not reach diagnostic levels due to exhaustion of the gland. ...Read more

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What are normal Lipase and Amylase levels for 27 year old female?

Depends on the lab: However, there are pitfalls. The published ranges are set so that 5% of healthy people fall outside. Low values in a person who feels and appears well aren't helpful. Just the irritation of an ERCP can raise the numbers. And 1% of humankind have an antibody that causes a high amylase without there being anything else wrong. Most mild variations from normal can be ignored. ...Read more