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

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

Dr. Scott Keith
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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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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. ...Read more

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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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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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Recent blood work showed high cholesterol and urate and low amylase, what does that mean?

Textbooks: This question, to answer, would require a full text book. But, there are sites and books to read if you want to know. In my office when labs are abnormal I have a 30 minute session to go over the basics for the problem. To give you any advice a doctor would need the full cholesterol and metabolic panels. Not just the diagnosis. They would need your medication list and medical history. ...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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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

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If my amylase is 15 points high should i be worried? What is amylase?

Good question.: amylase is one of a group of enzymes that catalyze the metabolism of starches and glycogen. A normal reference value for someone your age is35-115 units. Very high amylase is associated with several serious illnesses ...Read more

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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