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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

Dr. Gary Pess
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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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Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Is a high amylase always pancreatitis? What else causes high amylase?

Depends on where...: Amylase can come from the saliva glands. If the amylase level is mildly high, and is not thought to be coming from the pancreas or small intestine, it may be coming from the saliva glands. One's doctor can decide the next step, because lab results don't mean much without knowing what one's results have been over the years, and what the symptoms have been. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a high amylase level and they can't give me any answers to why I do?

What to do if I have a high amylase level and they can't give me any answers to why I do?

Macroamylasemia: One percent of folks have an antibody tagging their amylase which prevents it from being lost in the urine like other folks. If you feel well, and your amylase always runs quite high, just assume this is you. As a lab specialist, I'm always reminding folks to focus on how they feel and whether they have physical findings, and ignore the arcana of lab testing. Glad you're curious though. Cheers. ...Read more

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I had highly low diet from 30 days (only fruits and some rice (veg)).but again I got pancreatitis with high amylase 1100 with bearable amount pain! Ca?

I had highly low diet from 30 days (only fruits and some rice (veg)).but again I got pancreatitis with high amylase 1100 with bearable amount pain! Ca?

Medical advice: Who is giving you your medical advice? Eating only sugar calories in a diet is the opposite of health. It is extremely unwise and dangerous. Your body cannot survive on such a diet. ...Read more

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Can taking antibiotics cause high amylase?

HIGH AMYLASE&ANTIBIO: No antibiotics and there are many different antibiotics used for various infections, but commonely used oral antibiotics do not cause elevation of amylase to my knowledge. ...Read more

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High amylase and white cells in 14 yr old son, besides pancreatitis, what would be the cause? Is there any other possible causes of high amylase?

High amylase and white cells in 14 yr old son, besides pancreatitis, what would be the cause? Is there any other possible causes of high amylase?

Possibly: It's possible that gallbladder problems could lead to pancreatitis in a teen. Some people have high amylase without any symptoms, called hyperamylasemia. Can't think of other causes in one this age. But with high white cells, likely has infection of gallbladder and/or pancreas. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have elevated conjugated bilirubin but normal total bilirubin? And if it is together with high amylase and borderline lipase?

Gallbladder/pancreas: High amylase with increased lipase can indicate pancreatitis.
High conjugated bilirubin indicates hepatobiliary disease. You should go see a gastroenterologist with your lab results. ...Read more

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I have a high amylase level of 175, normal lipase, cmp, & CBC though. Should I worry. I was once told that amylase is a worthless test by a ER doctor?

Isolated high amylas: Can be from different sources - pancreas as well as salivary glands for example. What made you ER docs draw these bloodtests - abdominal pain, I assume? If the amylase level wasn't too high and your symptoms have resolved, I wouldn't worry about it. If there are continued sxs, would follow it up with your PCP. ...Read more

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High WBC, high Neut, low lymph, low K, high glucose, lowRBC, low creatine, high amylase, high AST, urine w/ protein & ketones. Treatment?

Based on the: Above lab results, and without any clinical knowledge of patient symptoms and course of disease, I would have to say it's impossible to devise a plan of treatment. Please visit your healthcare provider or begin a Virtual Consult with one of our physicians to discuss diagnostic and treatment options. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What does high "serum amylase" levels tell you?

What does high "serum amylase" levels tell you?

Usually pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas and salivary glands raises serum levels of amylase. Serum lipase is elevated on pancreatic inflammation only. Intestinal and renal lesions may be associated the increase in amylase. ...Read more

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High salivary amylase in serum that drops down to normal when doing prep for colonoscopy, and rises again after that: what can be the cause?

Not much: In the absence of any symptoms or facial swelling/bumps in salivary gland areas, this most likely a non-significant finding. A good oral exam by an ENT or dentist is probably in order if there is any doubt. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high levels of amylase what does that mean?

How do you FEEL?: About 1% of healthy folks have their amylase tagged with an immunoglobulin that prevents it from being lost via the kidney like other folks. This is nothing to worry about. If you feel okay, this is probably the explanation. ...Read more

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What are conditions responsible for high levels of serum amylase?

What are conditions responsible for high levels of serum amylase?

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 pancreas, salivary glands, prostate, lung and ovaries. It may be be elevated after ERCP procedure, and some medications can cause elevation of amylase and very high triglycerides can cause pancre. ...Read more

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Can you list the pathological conditions responsible for high levels of serum amylase?

Sure: Are the mechanisms okay? If you feel well, usually your amylase is just tagged with an immunoglobulin that slows its clearance. If your kidneys aren't working well, you don't lose it fast enough. If your pancreas is even a little bit hurt, or your salivary glands, you get some in your bloodstream. Even morphine can make this happen. How do you FEEL? ...Read more

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Just recieved my blood test confirming my amylase as high (136 <110)and my dr confirmed that I have pancreatitis. Should I be worried and how do I bring it down to less than 110?

Just recieved my blood test confirming my amylase as high (136 <110)and my dr confirmed that I have pancreatitis. Should I be worried and how do I bring it down to less than 110?

Pancreatitis: The answer depends on the cause (s)=if you drink alcohol then stop all drinking. Finding out you triglycerides levels would be of help. If you are diabetic or have certain diseases that might contribute.
I would see a gastroenterologist or whomever ordered the blood work. ...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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Pain ULQ, Chest, & Back past 2 yrs. Lipase High 65 (13-60) Amylase 101 (25-115). What does this mean? Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue. No drinking/no smoke

Pain ULQ, Chest, & Back past 2 yrs. Lipase High 65 (13-60) Amylase 101 (25-115). What does this mean? Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue. No drinking/no smoke

Hard to say: Upper Left Quadrant Chest Back pain for 2 years with slightly elevated lipase is nonspecific. I would suggest a CT scan if not already done. See your doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Pain in ULQ, Chest, & Back for past 2 yrs. Lipase High 65 (13-60) Amylase 101 (25-115). Do these tests mean anything? Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue. Etc

Pain in ULQ, Chest, & Back for past 2 yrs. Lipase High 65 (13-60) Amylase 101 (25-115). Do these tests mean anything? Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue. Etc

You need a good Doc: To help you. First, if you drink alcohol, stop. Second, if you are not exercising, you need to start doing that too. Do you eat whole foods and a healthy diet, or do you "eat on the run." What kinds of stress do you have in your life? Do you smoke? If yes, quit. Do you take a multivitamin send vitamin D every day? How heavy are your menses? These questions + MD + exam = beginning of healthy you. ...Read more

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Idiopathic recurring pancreatitis, no alcoholism, gallstones, pain, high triglycerides. Only elevated amylase and lipase. What is next step?

Idiopathic recurring pancreatitis, no alcoholism, gallstones, pain, high triglycerides. Only elevated amylase and lipase. What is next step?

See your doctor soon: It is wise to see your doctor soon regarding this. Depending on how high your amylase and lipase are it could be acute or chronic pancreatitis, and considering that you're on medications and have a history of acute pancreatitis, it's even more important to see your doctor. Diet restrictions like low fat intake and fluid replacement and monitoring are needed to be done, so see dr. Asap. ...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