Lipase Blood Test
A lipase test measures the amount of this enzyme in a blood sample. High amounts of lipase may be found in the blood when the pancreas is damaged or when the tube leading from the pancreas (pancreatic duct) to the beginning of the small intestine is blocked.
Why It Is Done
A lipase test is done to help with the diagnosis of pancreatitis and cancer of the pancreas.
How To Prepare
In general, you don't need to prepare before having this test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.
How It Is Done
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
How It Feels
When a blood sample is taken, you may feel nothing at all from the needle. Or you might feel a quick sting or pinch.
There is very little chance of having a problem from this test. When a blood sample is taken, a small bruise may form at the site.
Each lab has a different range for what's normal. Your lab report should show the range that your lab uses for each test. The normal range is just a guide. Your doctor will also look at your results based on your age, health, and other factors. A value that isn't in the normal range may still be normal for you.
A high lipase level may be caused by:
- Diseases of the pancreas, such as pancreatitis or cancer of the pancreas.
- Problems with the gallbladder, such as gallstones and inflammation (cholecystitis).
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Problems with the intestines, such as bowel blockage (obstruction) or tissue death (infarction).
- Infection, inflammation, or cancer of a salivary gland.
- Peptic ulcer disease.
- Primary biliary cirrhosis, a serious condition that damages the liver and keeps it from working the way it should.
- Substance use disorder.
Current as of: May 14, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
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