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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, .

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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Amylase elevated -250. Lipase is normal. What causes this?? Should I be concerned?

Any symptoms?: Why were these tests ordered? There are many causes of elevated amylase and it would require in person evaluation to ascertain the cause. You may consult this site for information on this topic: https://medlineplus. Gov/ency/article/003464.htm 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.

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

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

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

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

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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What % of chronic or acute pancreatitis shows elevated Lipase or Amylase?

Acute tests: A 1998 study found that 100% of patients with acute pancreatitis had an elevated lipase, and 95% had an elevated amylase directly upon admission to the hospital. As their hospitalization continued, those values dropped off and so the tests would be less useful for diagnosis.

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Can you have acute or chronic pancreatitis without elevated lipase or amylase results in labs?

Chronic: Even in acute pancreatitis, these labs are unreliable, there is the possibility of lab error. Chronic pancreatitis is really more about scarring and injury to nearby structures rather than ongoing tissue damage, and amylase and lipase are usually normal.

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Can someone have pancreatitis with no pain? I have elevated amylase serum at 206 and lipase enzymes at 898

Can someone have pancreatitis with no pain? I have elevated amylase serum at 206 and lipase enzymes at 898

Yes: Yes you may have pancreatitis which is pain-free sometimes also pancreatic tumors and pancreatic cancer can present with little pain please have this you evaluated.

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Can you have pancreatitis with normal blood test levels? Or will lipase and amylase be elevated? How would it be diagnosed?

Amylase and: lipase are elevated in pancreatitis. If the blood levels of these enzymes are normal, you do not have panreatitis. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/basics/definition/con-20028421

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If someone has chronic pancreatitis, will their amylase and lipase levels always be elevated? Or only during flare ups?

Not Necessarily: Serum amylase and lipase may or may not be elevated in cases of chronic pancreatitis, depending on the severity of inflammation and cell damage. Of the two, lipase is more likely to mildly elevated. While lipase is specific to the pancreas (amylase comes from other sources), both are commonly elevated in cases of acute pancreatitis.

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Elevated lipase (538/395), normal amylase, confirmed w/ 2 tests month apart, regular repeative upper left abdomenal pain, often shortly after a meal.

Elevated Lipase: Elevated lipase is pancreatitis. Discuss with your doc you may have gallstones pancreatitis or have an issues with the pancreatic duct or at the head of the pancreas and may need abdominal ultrasound/ CT and or ERCP

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Why is elevated amylase linked to lung cancer but elevated lipase is not. Are they almost the same type of test?

That's bunk: I don't know where you got the idea that elevated amylase is an indicator of lung cancer, but it's not true. There internet -- including some sites with names that suggest they should be credible -- is full of disinformation about lab testing. One percent of folks have a way-high amylase because of who they are. It means nothing. Stop fretting about this.

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Can 19% gallbladder ejection fraction lead to elevated levels of amylase/lipase? No stones/sludge found; problem started while pregnant but persists.

GB Ejection Fraction: Its not usual to have amylase and lipase elevation unless there is stasis (slow flow) of pancreatic juice. Low ejection fraction of gall bladder (GB) alone does not explain elevation of these pancreatic enzymes.

Dr. William Singer
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Amylase (Definition)

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