Serum Amylase – Overwiew

  • An amylase test may be ordered if you show symptoms of a pancreatic disorder, such as severe abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, or nausea.
  • Normal values for amylase depend on the method used to test it. In pancreatitis, amylase levels are very high, often 5 – 10 times normal levels. Increased amylase levels may also indicate cancer of the pancreas, ovaries, or lungs; tubal pregnancy; gallbladder attack; mumps; intestinal obstruction; or perforated ulcer.
  • Decreased amylase levels may indicate damage to the pancreas, pancreatic cancer, kidney disease, and toxemia of pregnancy.

Test: Amylase (Total & Pancreatic)
Specimen Required: Serum (clotted blood)
When Tested: Daily
Reference Ranges: Total: 40-140 | Pancreatic: 5-90
Units: U/L

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