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About the Test

The Amylase lab test by Access Medical Labs is a single-marker test measuring amylase. This test is designed to evaluate pancreatic function or to detect markers associated with pancreatic conditions. 

The straightforward nature of the test, requiring no special preparation and having a quick turnaround time, makes it a practical choice for assessing pancreatic issues.

  • Lab Company: Access Med Labs
  • Sample Type: SERUM
  • Category: Pancreatic
  • Shipping Time: 1 - 6 days, UPS
  • Turnaround Time: 6 days
  • Test Preparation: No test preparation required
  • Number of Collection Days: 1 day
  • Methods Used For Processing: EIA (Enzyme Immunoassay)
  • Lab Certifications: CLIA Certified, CAP Accredited

What is Amylase?

Amylase is an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the digestion of carbohydrates. It is produced primarily in the salivary glands and the pancreas. Amylase breaks down complex carbohydrates, such as starches and glycogen, into smaller molecules like maltose and glucose, which can be easily absorbed by the body.

This enzyme is essential for the proper digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine. Amylase levels can be measured through laboratory tests to assess pancreatic function or diagnose conditions related to carbohydrate metabolism.

Who should get an Amylase test?

Ideal candidates to be tested for amylase levels are patients who are experiencing symptoms related to pancreatic disorders or digestive issues. These may include:

Pancreatitis: Patients with suspected acute or chronic pancreatitis, characterized by severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and elevated amylase levels.

Pancreatic Cancer: Individuals with risk factors for pancreatic cancer, such as a family history of the disease, chronic pancreatitis, or smoking history.

Gallstones: Patients with gallstones or suspected gallstone-related complications, as amylase levels can be elevated due to pancreatic inflammation caused by gallstone obstruction.

Alcohol Abuse: Individuals with a history of heavy alcohol consumption, as excessive alcohol intake can lead to pancreatitis and elevated amylase levels.

Digestive Disorders: Patients with symptoms of malabsorption, such as chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal discomfort, which may indicate pancreatic insufficiency.

Abdominal Trauma: Individuals who have experienced trauma to the abdomen, as it can cause pancreatic injury and subsequent elevation of amylase levels.

Monitoring Pancreatic Function: Patients with known pancreatic diseases or those undergoing treatment for pancreatic disorders may require regular monitoring of amylase levels to assess the effectiveness of therapy or disease progression.

It is important to note that amylase testing alone may not provide a definitive diagnosis, and further evaluation, including imaging studies and other laboratory tests, may be necessary to confirm the underlying condition.

What is a normal Amylase range?

Amylase is an enzyme that is primarily produced by the pancreas and salivary glands. It plays a crucial role in the digestion of carbohydrates. The normal range for amylase levels can vary slightly depending on the laboratory and the specific testing method used. However, generally, the normal range for amylase in the blood is:

- For adults: 25 to 125 units per liter (U/L)

- For children: 0 to 160 U/L

It is important to note that the reference range may differ for different age groups, genders, and populations. Additionally, the normal range for amylase can vary depending on the specific laboratory's testing method, so it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional to interpret your individual test results.

What does high Amylase indicate?

Amylase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas and salivary glands that helps in the digestion of carbohydrates. It breaks down complex carbohydrates into simpler sugars like glucose.

A high amylase level in the blood or urine can indicate various conditions and diseases. Some possible causes of elevated amylase levels include:

Pancreatitis: This is the most common cause of high amylase levels. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which can be acute or chronic. In acute pancreatitis, amylase levels typically rise within a few hours and remain elevated for a few days. In chronic pancreatitis, amylase levels may be consistently high.

Pancreatic cancer: Cancerous growth in the pancreas can cause increased amylase levels. However, this is not a specific marker for pancreatic cancer, as other conditions can also elevate amylase levels.

Salivary gland disorders: Inflammation or blockage of the salivary glands can lead to increased amylase levels. Conditions like salivary gland stones or infections can cause this.

Kidney disease: Impaired kidney function can result in decreased clearance of amylase from the blood, leading to elevated levels.

Intestinal obstruction: A blockage in the intestines can cause amylase levels to rise.

Alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption can cause pancreatitis, leading to increased amylase levels.

To determine the underlying cause of high amylase levels, further diagnostic tests may be necessary, such as imaging studies, additional blood tests, or a detailed medical history and physical examination. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

What does low Amylase indicate?

A low amylase level refers to a decreased concentration of the enzyme amylase in the blood. Amylase is an enzyme produced primarily by the pancreas and salivary glands, and it plays a crucial role in the digestion of carbohydrates.

When we consume carbohydrates, amylase breaks down complex carbohydrates into simpler sugars such as glucose, which can be easily absorbed by the body. This process is essential for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.

A low amylase level can indicate several underlying health conditions or issues:

Pancreatic disorders: The most common cause of low amylase levels is pancreatic dysfunction. Conditions such as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), pancreatic cancer, or pancreatic insufficiency (reduced enzyme production) can lead to decreased amylase levels.

Malnutrition: Inadequate nutrient intake, particularly protein deficiency, can affect the production of amylase and other digestive enzymes.

Liver disease: Liver dysfunction can impact the production and release of amylase, leading to low levels in the blood.

Metabolic Syndrome: Low levels of amylase have been noted with obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Cystic fibrosis: This genetic disorder affects the function of various organs, including the pancreas. Individuals with cystic fibrosis may have reduced amylase levels due to pancreatic insufficiency.

Autoimmune disorders: Certain autoimmune conditions, such as Sjögren's syndrome, can affect the salivary glands, leading to decreased amylase levels.

It is important to note that a single low amylase level may not provide a definitive diagnosis. Additional tests and evaluation by a healthcare professional are usually necessary to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

If you have concerns about your amylase levels, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider who can order the necessary tests and provide appropriate guidance based on your specific situation.

About the Test

This is a single-marker test measuring amylase.

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1 - 6 days
Turnaround Time
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Test Preparation Starts
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Number of Collection Days
1 day
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Lab Certifications
CLIA Certified
CAP Accredited
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