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

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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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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Can pristiq cause low blood sugar of 64 in a patient with stage 3 CKD & elevated amylase and lipase enzymes. No diagnosis of pancreatitis from mayo.

Can pristiq cause low blood sugar of 64 in a patient with stage 3 CKD  & elevated amylase and lipase enzymes. No diagnosis of pancreatitis from mayo.

Very unlikely: Up until october of 2013 there have only been 7 cases of hypoglycemia reported to the fda regarding Pristiq out of hundreds of thousands of prescriptions that have been written. Also, 64 is not technically low blood sugar.It must be below 50, and some specialists would use 40 aat a hypoglycemic cut-off. ...Read more

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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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