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Normal lipase levels means healthy pancreas?

Normal lipase levels means healthy pancreas?

Not really: All it means is that you don't have pancreatitis at the time of the blood draw. If the pancreas were damaged by previous episodes of pancreatitis, the lipase would still be normal. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Normal pancreatic enzymes, normal liver enzymes, normal CBC, normal ESR & C-RP. does this rule out pancreatic and liver cancer?

Why do you ask?: Why would you think you have this stuff at age 20? You've written about this before. You owe it to yourself and those who love you to get with someone who can help you out these thoughts out of your mind and get on with studying, getting job skills and experience, perhaps finding romance and meaningful things to enjoy. To be brave, act brave. You're anything but helpless. ...Read more

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What causes elevated lipase, amylase, transaminases (x 2-15) in the presence of normal liver and pancreas on ct? I have phpt and unid. Adrenal tumor.

What causes elevated lipase, amylase, transaminases (x 2-15) in the presence of normal liver and pancreas on ct? I have phpt and unid. Adrenal tumor.

Gallstones: Gallstones or bile duct narrowing/strictures can cause laboratory findings like that. Some stones are too small to see on ct scans, but still can cause problems in you pancreas and biliary system. ...Read more

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Shadow showing on ultrasound of pancreas, all p.enyzme levels normal. liver function normal. blood results normal only high cholesterol. cyst?

Shadow showing on ultrasound of pancreas, all p.enyzme levels normal. liver function normal. blood results normal only high cholesterol. cyst?

Well: You must have had a doctor who ordered the scan. Call him and have him go over the results to be sure you understand the results. Have the doctor explain to you ...Read more

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Can GERD, esophogitis and Gilbert's syndrome cause upper right quadrant pain? Hida scan normal lab for liver and pancreas normal?

Can GERD, esophogitis and Gilbert's syndrome cause upper right quadrant pain? Hida scan normal lab for liver and pancreas normal?

Yes: The Gilbert's syndrome is an essentially normal variant for some people and does not cause pain. However, if you have GERD and know esophagitis, you can experience this as right upper quadrant pain. Often those findings are associated with dysbiosis and this abnormal bowel kinesis causes the pain. ...Read more

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Liver enzymes elevated AST 50 ALT 78 bilirubin 1.2 us showed very little fat in liver. Could this be thyroid problems? They keep fluctuating.

Liver enzymes elevated AST 50 ALT 78 bilirubin 1.2 us showed very little fat in liver. Could this be thyroid problems? They keep fluctuating.

Very little fat?: You shouldn't have fat in your liver, period. This isn't thyroid disease; everybody's levels fluctuate. If you drink alcohol, you need to stop for a few weeks and get rechecked -- this could be your wake-up call. You'll need hepatitis b and c, medication effect, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis and wilson's ruled out. If you do have non-alcoholic fatty liver, aerobic fitness is a key. ...Read more

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Pain up abdomen and back. Dual phase ct nomral. Eus bile duct to ampulla normal. Alt 71 No stones found Worried pancreas. Docs says ibs. correct?

Pain up abdomen and back. Dual phase ct nomral. Eus bile duct to ampulla normal. Alt 71 No stones found Worried pancreas. Docs says ibs. correct?

Panc Ca discussion: If there is a VERY strong family history of panc Ca, some might consider dynamic contrast MRI to find TINY lesions. But this is overkill just to exclude a panc. lesion that would be symptomatic as contrast CT and EUS are really good tests. There can be diagnostic challenges w/ abd. and back pain. Most are benign under 40 yo. An internist will have all your info and can try to put it together. ...Read more

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Likelyhood 34yr male w/ urq discomfort and occasional floating stools but normal pancreatic enzymes and normal abdominal CT scan has pancreatic cancer?

Likelyhood 34yr male w/ urq discomfort and occasional floating stools but normal pancreatic enzymes and normal abdominal CT scan has pancreatic cancer?

Very unlikely: Pancreatic cancer is very uncommon in your age group. Ct is an excellent test to detect pancreatic cancer if performed with IV contrast. A normal ct essentially excludes the possibility of cancer. ...Read more

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What causes steatorrhoea, highish blood amylase & occasionally lipase, loose pale stools? Normal abdominal ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy.

What causes steatorrhoea, highish blood amylase & occasionally lipase, loose pale stools? Normal abdominal ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy.

Not absorbing fat: Fat in stool can cause bulky foul smelling stool that floats, oily or greasy appearance. Fat in stool is not absorbed by digestive tract. Temporary steatorrhea may result from dietary changes or intestinal infections. Steatorrhea that is persistent may result from block of the biliary tract, pancreatitis or intestinal malabsorption. Need pancreatic lipase to break down ingested fat. ...Read more

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I have elevated liver enzyme ast(sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317 GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?

I have elevated liver enzyme ast(sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317  GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?

Liver issue: Enzymes ast and alt are inside liver cells. When liver is injured by disease or medication, enzymes leak out, resulting in elevation. Can be due to many reasons, including medications like statins. An elevated GGT suggest biliary problems, but is not that specific. The normal common bile duct measures less than 0.8 cm, but after the gb is removed, can be 1cm. Complete history needed for this. ...Read more

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Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Floaters are fine: The usual reason for a bowel movement floating is extra trapped gas; this varies with diet, gum-chewing, roughage, how much you talked & swallowed your saliva. When due to fat malabsorption (a much less common explanation) the person is clearly sick; if due to pancreatic cancer you'd be jaundiced. Any further concerns are best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Man50 feels pressure lower abdomen pelvis blood test normal psa very good echo of prostate kidneys bladder pancreas liver normal .Possible causes ?

Man50 feels pressure lower abdomen pelvis  blood test normal psa very good echo of prostate kidneys bladder pancreas liver normal .Possible causes ?

Prostatitis: still possible with normal u/s , get urine tested ,[culture] be sure not constipated, or strain anything. see urologist if persist, do yoiu smoke? if so cancer risk alot higher ...Read more

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Could a Hida scan and Ct scan miss something wrong with the gallbladder? Upper right quadrant pain. Normal lab values for liver kidneys and pancreas?

Unlikely: While no test is perfect; a normal HIDA essentially shows that the gallbladder is functioning well. There are " quantitative" HIDA scans that are more sensitive than a regular scan. It is more likely that your pain is not from the gallbladder ( often difficult to exactly pin down, but you are unlikely to get improvement having the gallbladder removed. ...Read more

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Up GI normal heart normal tests gb normal liver normal pancreas normal bone scan normal kidney spine MRI normal brest mg normal why i, m have chest pa?

Up GI normal heart normal tests gb normal liver normal pancreas normal bone scan normal kidney  spine MRI normal brest mg normal why i, m have chest pa?

Many causes: There are many causes of chest pain. With your various tests you have eliminated a lot of serious causes.You did not mention testing for any heart problem. Another commn cause includes gastroesophageal reflux.Sometimes a skeletal problem such as costochondritis, inflammation in anterior rib, or musclce strain can cause pain.You should go over test results and physical examination with your doctor. ...Read more

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Elevated levels of lipase and amylase, mrcp no pancreatic inflammation, but did show a liver lesion. Also have UC. What is happening??

Elevated levels of lipase and amylase, mrcp no pancreatic inflammation, but did show a liver lesion. Also have UC. What is happening??

Still gallbladder?: if not drinking much alcohol?[4-6 oz /day of wine , 12 oz beer or 1.5 oz whiskey or vodka ] then be sure not taking anything that could harm the pancreas , see side effects /warnings on each medicine. still could be some type of gallbladder/stone issue along the common bile duct or flair of uc, see a g.i. dr. for further tests and no smoking ever, this can cause cancer even of pancrease (pancrelipase). ...Read more

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My sister has elevated lipase and amylase. nauseated, no appetite. platelets low. so far MRI of pancreas is normal. What could be the problem?

Many sources: While lipase and amylase are produced for the most part by the pancreas, an elevation is usually a result of inflammation of pancreatic tissue . If the condition is not severe the scans may fail to detect changes in the gross structure of the pancreas Other organs however are associated with an elevated amylase such as the fallopian tubes and lipase is known to be be produced in mature and immature adipocytes, muscle cells, and mammary epithelial cells . The clinical condition should be followed and if symptoms progress, then reevaluation should be considered ...Read more

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What causes elevated lipase, amylase, transaminases (x 2-15) in the presence of normal liver and pancreas on ct? I have phpt and unid. Adrenal tumor.

Gallstones: Gallstones or bile duct narrowing/strictures can cause laboratory findings like that. Some stones are too small to see on ct scans, but still can cause problems in you pancreas and biliary system. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes (ALT- 85, AST- 75). Normal liver/gall bladder ultrasound. Amylase was elevated but has normalised. Pain on LEFT side.Pancreas?

Elevated liver enzymes (ALT- 85, AST- 75). Normal liver/gall bladder ultrasound. Amylase was elevated but has normalised. Pain on LEFT side.Pancreas?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if you drink alcohol, stop entirely, if you are even slightly overweight, lose weight and discuss any medications, including over the counter ones, with your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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CBC,CMP, lipase,amylase, &abdominal u/s all normal ,pain in upper abdomen. What else could this be? Having endoscopy in 2 weeks . Scared

CBC,CMP, lipase,amylase, &abdominal u/s all normal ,pain in upper abdomen. What else could this be? Having endoscopy in 2 weeks . Scared

Upper abdominal pain: There are a variety of reasons why you could have pain in this area. I would need a much more detailed history in order to render an opinion. With the studies you had being normal it is unlikely that you have a serious problem, but further evaluation may be necessary. ...Read more

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My lipase level is very low, amylase normal, left upper pain, light stools, CT is negative, pancreatic insufficiency maybe? Started 3wks ago.

My lipase level is very low, amylase normal, left upper pain, light stools, CT is negative, pancreatic insufficiency maybe?  Started 3wks ago.

Doubt pancreas: If you've got pancreatic insufficiency, you'll be able to tell that you're seriously sick. The light stools of biliary and pancreatic duct insufficiency aren't just pale, they look like clay. You'd also have obvious weight loss and diarrhea by now. You'll be followed, early gluten enteropathy is a possibility and there are a host of others. ...Read more

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When i get stomach attacks my lipase and or amylase rise by like 20 points never higher! can I have pancreatic ca? I'm scared mri-ct-us all normal!

When i get stomach attacks my lipase and or amylase rise by like 20 points never higher! can I have pancreatic ca? I'm scared mri-ct-us all normal!

See long ans: Assuming the mri, ct and us were done with contrast another possibility is pancreatic divisum which would require a mrcp - this entity can cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is most uncommon at your age to begin with (it is not a common cancer in general). Normal blood tests and ct scan should reassure you that pancreatic cancer is not there. ...Read more

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No pain, amylase back in May was 184, lipase was 66(range was until 60 the highest, amylase range is 110 the highest). Pancreas problems or what?

No pain, amylase back in May was 184, lipase was 66(range was until 60 the highest, amylase range is 110 the highest).   Pancreas problems or what?

Not likely: It sounds like you had some issues, maybe abdominal pain sometime in May, when you had your pancreatic enzymes checked, but you no longer have pain now. Based on the minimal elevation of your enzymes even in May I doubt their origin was pancreatic even then. ...Read more

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I had serum amylase reading high; what else can it be if it's not pancreas?

I had serum amylase reading high; what else can it be if it's not pancreas?

High amylase: In pancreatitis amylase and lipase are both elevated more than three times the normal level, but amylase can be elevated without having pancreatitis.It can be elevated in cholicystitis, kidney failure, tumors of salivary glands, prostate, lung and ovaries. ...Read more

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My amylase level is 120. A mass was found on the head of my pancreas. I also suffer with Large stomcah, even with exercise. ?

Pancreatic mass: I would suggest you see a gastroenterologist who can perform an ultrasound guided endoscopic FNA (fine needle aspirate) of this mass. You will not have peace of mind until you get a diagnosis. Once you get a diagnosis you can make and educated decision on treatment. ...Read more

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Why does serum lipase and amylase increase during acute pancreatitis? Shouldn't it decrease since there is problem with pancreas (inflammation)?

Lipase serum levels: I believe the reasons both rise in the bloodstream is because there is disruption of the pancrease (pancrelipase) and these enzymes get into the blood stream. They are both part of the exocrine function and should not be in the blood steam. The endocrine portion of the organ involves insulin production. This chemical is supposed to be in the blood. The other are designed to be released into the duodenum . ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister has elevated lipase and amylase. nauseated, no appetite. platelets low. so far MRI of pancreas norm?

What do you suggest if my sister has elevated lipase and amylase. nauseated, no appetite. platelets low. so far MRI of pancreas norm?

Pancreatitis?: Sometimes imaging lags behind acute disease process. Sounds like pancreatitis. Doctor should treat symptoms and patient not the images.Etiology of pancreatitis needs to be worked out. ...Read more

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Got a blood test @ Labcorp, Amylase, serum. 108( 31-124 range) Lipase, serum. 75( 0-59) Do I have liver or Pancreas problem? Thx

Got a blood test @ Labcorp, 
Amylase, serum.  108( 31-124 range)
Lipase, serum.        75( 0-59)
Do I have liver or Pancreas problem?
Thx

Unlikely: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, based on the data you provided, there is no reason to suspect liver or pancreas problems. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I m 27 suffering frm Gerd les lax, pain above navel,amylase 144 & lipase 58, is this pain frm pancreas what test should i do for pancreatitis pls help?

Test: You don't do the tests. You need to see your primary doctor who will review your medical history, evaluate your clinical complaints, examine you, and then order labs that he/she thinks is related to your symptoms. If you have been seeing a gastroenterologist see that doctor not your PC. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Amylase (Definition)

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