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Blood tests of levels pancreadits?

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Dr. Mary Bergum
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In brief: Pancreatitis

Typical tests done include amylase and lipase.
Amylase can be elevated due to other problems, so lipase is more specific. Any elevation indicates a problem. Lab values are specific to the lab used. Severe pancreatitis can elevate the lipase into the 1000's. Even a small elevation above normal can cause severe pain.

In brief: Pancreatitis

Typical tests done include amylase and lipase.
Amylase can be elevated due to other problems, so lipase is more specific. Any elevation indicates a problem. Lab values are specific to the lab used. Severe pancreatitis can elevate the lipase into the 1000's. Even a small elevation above normal can cause severe pain.
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