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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

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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My lipase levels are elevated. What can this mean?

Maybe nothing: A mild elevation of serum lipase generally means nothing whatever. Even taking an Ibuprofen tablet may raise the level. The reference range is simply what most folks have. Lipase is assayed primarily to rule out acute pancreatitis, which is not a subtle disease and in which lipase is usually several times above the top of the reference range. ...Read more

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Elevated lipase level two days in row. Recent VSG surgery. No pain or other symtpoms. Just lipase. Does this mean cancer?

Elevated lipase level two days in row. Recent VSG surgery. No pain or other symtpoms. Just lipase. Does this mean cancer?

Pancreatitis or VSG: A vertical sleeve gastrectomy removes about 75% of stomach, including the part that covers a lot of the pancreas. Both surgery in this area and general anesthesia can cause elevations in lipase, which represent pancreatitis. CANCER NEVER ELEVATES LIPASE (very rare cases). Lipase must have been measured because of pain -- no other reason. Could also be a leak or an ulcer. Rec endoscopy & CT. ...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. ...Read more

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What does having a high lipase mean?

What does having a high lipase mean?

Pancreatitis: High serum levels of lipase, at about three times the upper limit of normal, is usually associated with pancreatitis. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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