What does high "serum amylase" levels tell you?

Usually pancreatitis. Inflammation of the pancreas and salivary glands raises serum levels of amylase. Serum lipase is elevated on pancreatic inflammation only. Intestinal and renal lesions may be associated the increase in amylase.

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What are conditions responsible for high levels of serum amylase?

High amylase. In pancreatitis amylase and lipase are both elevated more than three times the normal level, but amylase can be elevated without having pancreatitis.It can be elevated in cholicystitis, kidney failure, tumors of pancreas, salivary glands, prostate, lung and ovaries.It may be be elevated after ERCP procedure, and some medications can cause elevation of amylase and very high triglycerides can cause pancre. Read more...

Can you list the pathological conditions responsible for high levels of serum amylase?

Sure. Are the mechanisms okay? If you feel well, usually your amylase is just tagged with an immunoglobulin that slows its clearance. If your kidneys aren't working well, you don't lose it fast enough. If your pancreas is even a little bit hurt, or your salivary glands, you get some in your bloodstream. Even morphine can make this happen. How do you FEEL? Read more...

I had serum amylase reading high; what else can it be if it's not pancreas?

High amylase. In pancreatitis amylase and lipase are both elevated more than three times the normal level, but amylase can be elevated without having pancreatitis.It can be elevated in cholicystitis, kidney failure, tumors of salivary glands, prostate, lung and ovaries. Read more...

Can pancreatitis occur without abnormal serum amylase level?

Yes. Though this is more likely with an acute flare in someone with chronic pancreatitis. Much of the pancreas may already be damaged/scarred/fibrosed in patients with chronic pancreatitis, so an acute injury may not cause much increase in serum amylase. Read more...

Mild pancreatitis with mild pain but serum amylase levels r 1274.This is 4 th time. First attack was in 2012?

Multiple causes. I see you don't drink so alcohol is out Look for a gallstone IS your pancreatic or common bile duck enlarged there could be either sludge or a small stone there Any meds steroids, agents for cholesterol all can cause pancreatitis many other drugs as well. Is your triglycerides very elivated Manometry to see if the duct has a septum or is narrowed these are possible causes. Read more...