Amylase

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Amylase

Overview of Amylase

What is Amylase?

Amylase is an enzyme that helps in digestion of dietary carbohydrates. It is secreted mainly by the pancreas and also by the salivary glands. The Amylase Test measures the amount of amylase in the blood.

Sample Type

The sample type collected for Amylase is: Blood

Preparation for Amylase

  • No special preparation required

Why Get Tested for Amylase?

The Amylase Test is performed:

·         To help in the diagnosis of acute and chronic pancreatitis

·         To help diagnose pancreatic cysts, pancreatic pseudocyst, and pancreatic abscesses

·         To determine the blockage of pancreatic ducts

·      To diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive system like peptic ulcers, infections, appendicitis etc.

·         To diagnose some types of tumors like Pancreatic cancer

·         To monitor treatment of pancreatic diseases

Understand more about Amylase

Amylase is an enzyme that helps in the breakdown of complex dietary carbohydrates into simple carbohydrates for absorption. Digestion of carbohydrates begins in the mouth since amylase is secreted by the salivary glands. However, most of the amylase is produced by the pancreas and secreted into the duodenum of the small intestines. Amylase is also found in small quantities in blood, urine, and peritoneal fluid.

Levels of amylase in blood rise either due to increased secretion of it into the blood, decreased clearance by the kidneys, or due to both these reasons. High levels are commonly seen in Acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) where the amylase levels rise rapidly (in 6 to 48 hours). In mild cases of pancreatitis amylase levels slowly return to normal within a few days. Higher levels for longer periods indicate other complications.


What Results of Amylase mean?

Interpretations

Normal Range:

·         Adults up to age 60 yrs: 25-125 units per litre (U/L)

·         Adults older than age 60 yrs: 24-151 U/L


Patient Concerns about Amylase

Frequently Asked Questions about Amylase

Q. How is this test performed?
This test is performed on a blood sample. A syringe with a fine needle attached is used to withdraw blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm generally from the inner side of the elbow area. The doctor, nurse or the phlebotomist will tie an elastic band around your arm which will help the blood vessels to swell with blood and hence makes it easier to withdraw blood. You may be asked to tightly clench your fist. Once the veins are clearly visible, the area is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and then the needle is inserted into the blood vessel to collect the sample. You may feel a tiny pinprick during the procedure. Blood sample once collected is then sent to the laboratory.
Q. Is there any risk associated with this test?
There is no risk associated with the test. However, as this test involves a needle prick to withdraw the blood sample, rarely, a patient may experience increased bleeding, hematoma (blood collection under the skin) formation, bruising or infection at the site of needle prick.
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