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Doctor insights on: Elevated Lipase Levels Caused By Alcohol

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Can alcohol raise lipase levels?

Can alcohol raise lipase levels?

In a way: Alcohol is one of the commoner causes of pancreatitis and pancreatitis is associated with raised lipase levels. ...Read more

Dr. Todd Igel
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Lipase (Definition)

Lipases, such as lipoprotein lipase and endothelial lipase, are enzymes that breakdown circulating triglycerides (tg). Specifically, lipases degrade tg rich lipoproteins including chylomicrons, very low density lipoprotein (vldl) and remnant particles produced by breakdown of chylomicron and vldl particles. Decreased lipase function leads to accumulation of ...Read more


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What could cause slightly elevated lipase levels?

What could cause slightly elevated lipase levels?

How elevated?: It would help to know the number. Gall stones and alcohol are the common causes of elevated lipase. ...Read more

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Lipase levels were mildly elevated; what would cause this?

High lipase levels: 33 F from Canada notes lipase levels mildly elevated and asks what could cause this. There are many things that can cause this including pancreatitis, gall bladder stone in pancreatic duct, meds, kidney disease, So you really need to ask the Dr who ordered it to interpret it for you as your team there knows you best. You can also google this. But I recommend uptodate.com 4 best source of med info ...Read more

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If my elevated/fluctuating lipase levels were caused by acinar cell carcinoma, would they likely come back down into normal range occasionally?

If my elevated/fluctuating lipase levels were caused by acinar cell carcinoma, would they likely come back down into normal range occasionally?

ACC: 1-2% of total pancreatic tumors in adults. 50% of the cases have high lipase manifesting with fever, arthralgia, rash even in absence of jaundice. Also AFP ( Alfa-feto protein) a cancer marker. Abdominal pain is constant. Appears on CT as a tumor and the fine needle biopsy confirms it. Only fluctuations in lipase is not diagnosis. Any other causes(medication, alcohol, certain foods) are possible. ...Read more

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Could drinking the day of a blood test cause slightly elevated lipase levels? Do not drink heavily and never had acute pancreatitis.

Could drinking the day of a blood test cause slightly elevated lipase levels? Do not drink heavily and never had acute pancreatitis.

I think so: I think that if you've never had this problem before, and you had been drinking that same day before the test, then it's certainly possible the alcohol caused an acutely elevated lipase level. If you drink on a daily basis, though, it's also possible that irbid always a little elevated. Maybe repeat the lipase lab when not drinking to check, ok? ...Read more

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Any indication to do a contrast abdominal CT in a patient with marginally increased lipase levels probably caused by elevated triglycerides?

Any indication to do a contrast abdominal CT in a patient with marginally increased lipase levels probably caused by elevated triglycerides?

Not enough info.: generally, a contrasted CT would not be necessary in this instance, but more information about the symptoms, other lab values, such as amylase and white blood count, and the results of a physical exam could change that recommendation. If your lipase is elevated, follow through with your doctor's advice. Good luck. ...Read more