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Are liver and pancreatic enzymes always elevated with liver and pancreatic cancer?

Are liver and pancreatic enzymes always elevated with liver and pancreatic cancer?

Short answer: No: Most often if a malignant mass presses on the ductal system of liver or panc. (see picture), it can cause abn. Blood enzymes. If the mass is small and ducts drain, routine enzymes are usually normal.
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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Had. Mri of liver and pancreas because of elevated liver enzymes, healthy female not ill, what may the results be?

Had. Mri of liver and pancreas because of elevated liver enzymes, healthy female not ill, what may the results be?

Anything: Your MRI may be normal or may be abnormal depending on what the findings are. If your liver enzymes are caused by some sort of blockage in the bile pathways, MRI might be able to reveal that. However, if your liver enzymes are caused by a hepatitis or increase fat contents, MRI may be negative. ...Read more

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I've had a CT scan, ultra sound, and xray of my stomach area with all results negative; however one of my pancreas enzymes is elevated. Other causes?

I've had a CT scan, ultra sound, and xray of my stomach area with all results negative; however one of my pancreas enzymes is elevated. Other causes?

Need more informatio: We need more information as to what your symptoms are, why the cat scan and ultrasound was ordered, whether you drink alcohol and how much, any meds you are taking and which enzyme is elevated and the exact numbers. Than only I will be able to comment on your case
it is best you dicuss with the doctor who examined you and ordered the tests. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes (ALT- 85, AST- 75). Normal liver/gall bladder ultrasound. Amylase was elevated but has normalised. Pain on LEFT side. Pancreas?

Elevated liver enzymes (ALT- 85, AST- 75). Normal liver/gall bladder ultrasound. Amylase was elevated but has normalised. Pain on LEFT side. Pancreas?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if you drink alcohol, stop entirely, if you are even slightly overweight, lose weight and discuss any medications, including over the counter ones, with your doctor.
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Mom has jaundice w elevated liver enzymes, and elevated amylase and lipase. Ct w contrast was done, no tumors seen. Could this be pancreatic cancer?

Mom has jaundice w elevated liver enzymes, and elevated amylase and lipase. Ct w contrast was done, no tumors seen. Could this be pancreatic cancer?

It is unclear: Hi kitten40047. The jaundice and elevated enzymes are concerning. It is reassuring to hear that the ct was negative. There may be other reasons for her symptoms. However, in the absence of any other explanation for the symptoms she has, you may want to have mom undergo additional tests, including perhaps MRI or endoscopy, which may shed more light on the pancreatic and liver areas. ...Read more

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What are r pancreatic enzymes?

What are r pancreatic enzymes?

Digestive compounds: These are substances that are secreted by the pancreas to aid in digestion. They breakdown, fat, protein, and carbohydrates to allow the body to absorb those substances better. ...Read more

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What is a safe pancreas enzyme level?

Pancreas enzyme?: You'd need to specify which pancreatic enzyme you're asking about, as there are many. ...Read more

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What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive enzymes.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells that produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels: Alpha cells - glucagon, beta cells - Insulin and amylin, delta cells - somatostatin, pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide, epsilon cells -ghrelin. The exocrine cells make digestive enzymes, like trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen, to break down lipids and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive: Hi. Among the most important enzymes the exocrine pancreas produces are those involved in digestion of food in the first part of the small intestine. Major enzymes are amylase, polysaccharidases, lipase, trypsin, chymotrypsin, others. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a pancreatic enzymes level over 300?

Yes: It indicates inflammation of the pancreas (lipase or amylase). The main thing is to find out the cause so you can treat it and prevent it from happening again. For now, supportive care, pain control, bowel rest needed depending on your current symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreas producing to much enzymes?

Can you tell me about pancreas producing to much enzymes?

Lipase in blood: The pancrease (pancrelipase) secretes lipase into our duodenum to metabolize fats that we eat. We absorb fats as fatty acids --small portions of large fat molecules. Similarly, the pancreas secretes amylase into the duodenum to break complex carbs into absorbable sugars. However higher than normal blood concentrations DO occur when the pancreas is inflamed, (alcohol), or its duct is blocked (gall stone). ...Read more

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What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

Not overproducing: Hi. When your pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) are high in your blood, it's NOT from the pancreas overproducing them, it's from pancreatic inflammation that leaks them out. Causes of pancraetic inflammation (aka pancreatitis) are many. Some of the more common causes are gallstones, alcoholism, very high serum triglycerides, various medications, cystic fibrosis, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have too many pancreatic enzymes?

Help! Is it possible to have too many pancreatic enzymes?

Trick question!: Hi. Just kidding about trick question. Not possible to have too many panc. Enz., BUT if they're in the wrong PLACE, then you've got pancreatitis. Panc. Enz. Belong in the gut lumen, where are essential for digestion. Elevated pancreatic enzymes in the BLOOD mean pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) has released the enz. Where they don't belong. These enz. Digest fats, proteins, carbs; do havoc! ...Read more

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What does a high level of enzymes in the pancreas signify?

What does a high level of enzymes in the pancreas signify?

From the pancreas?: High level of pancreatic enzymes lipase/amylase can indicate pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). ...Read more

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What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

Pancreatitis: Inlammation of the pancreas, pancreatitis, is most commonly caused by a gallstone blocking the entrance of the pancreatic duct into the intestine, or alcoholism. Less common causes include side-effects of certain drugs, very high triglyceride levels, and anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas. ...Read more

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The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

Pancreas: There are many reasons for abdominal pain that are not related to enzymes. You need to let your doctor know or seek advice from another doctor. Don't wait too long! ...Read more

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What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

Amylase & lipase: These check for the enzymes to see if they're being released into the blood when somebody has an upper abdominal emergency. If you're concerned you haven't got enough pancreatic enzymes, a stool assay for pancreatic elastase might be more helpful. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are digestive enzymes and pancreas enzymes the same thing?

I'm wondering are digestive enzymes and pancreas enzymes the same thing?

Medically, yes: Hi. Yes, from a therapeutic standpoint, they are. There are also digestive enzymes in saliva & from the stomach that are not pancreatic enzymes, but when you're talking about drug therapy digestive enzymes, they're pancreatic enzymes (Pancrease, Creon, etc). ...Read more

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Can high liver enzymes occur if my pancreas is going bad?

Yes: Elevated lfts with a predominant rise in alp is suggestive of damage or obstruction of the biliary tree (which disrupts the flow of bile out of the liver, called cholestasis). There are a number of conditions that can cause this, including a stone in the common bile duct (choledocholithiasis), cancer of the head of the pancreas, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Haven't heard of...: Haven't heard of a successful treatment to block the secretion or damaging effect of the pancreatic enzymes (the G.I. Specialists have tried some meds to decrease secretion on enzymes). ...Read more

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Can I take Zoloft (sertraline) with pancreatic enzymes?

Can I take Zoloft (sertraline) with pancreatic enzymes?

Yes: This is not a problem. While nont necessary i, would take zoloft (sertraline) and the enzymes an hour apart just to be safe. ...Read more

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How does one become lactose intolerant? Is it healthy to take pancreatic enzymes even if there's no prob with the pancreas?

How does one become lactose intolerant? Is it healthy to take pancreatic enzymes even if there's no prob with the pancreas?

Lactose: Lactose intolerance can develop when the enzyme lactase in the lining of the small intestine has decreased to a point where digestion is effected. It's not clear why this happens, sometimes genetics. Pancreatic enzymes are not likely to help in the absence of pancreatic insufficiency. Lactaid pills may help you. ...Read more

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Does the pancreas treat olestra fatty acids similar to traditional fats/oils? Is the amount of enzymes produced the same in both cases?  

Does the pancreas treat olestra fatty acids similar to traditional fats/oils? Is the amount of enzymes produced the same in both cases?  

No.: Lipase is the pancreatic enzyme that splits (hydrolyzes) triglycerides in oils into fatty acids and monoglycerides. Lipase does not act on olestra, so olestra leaves the digestive tract undigested. This is why olestra has no usable calories. I do not know the answer to the question about degree of stimulation of lipase secretion by olestra vs. Other fats/oils. ...Read more

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What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

Pancreatic enzymes: Broadly, "pancreatic juice" contains many enzymes, including trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, elastase, carboxypeptidase, pancreatic lipase, nucleases & amylase. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Yes for some...: Virtually all supplements have possible side effects. Most people tolerate pancreatic enzymes well but people with gastritis/ sensitive stomachs often will experience stomach pain/irritation from taking protease enzymes that are included in most enzyme supplements. Some people may get loose stools from enzymes. It is also possible to react to fillers/binders/additives in any med or supplement. ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more