Blood Test : Amylase

Amylase is a digestive enzyme found in the salivary glands, liver, fallopian tubes, and pancreas. Inflammation of the liver, pancreas, or salivary glands will cause amylase to be released into the bloodstream in increased quantities. This test is useful in diagnosing:

1. PANCREATITIS (elevated amylase)

2. HEPATITIS (inflammation of liver leads to elevated amylase)

3. GALLBLADDER DISEASE (here, the gallbladder causes secondary inflammation of the pancreas and elevated amylase)

4. MUMPS OR PAROTITIS (inflammation of a salivary gland causes an elevated amylase)

5. PANCREATIC CANCER (elevated amylase)

6. RUPTURED TUBAL PREGNANCY (elevated amylase)

7. PERFORATED PEPTIC ULCER (elevated amylase)

8. DRUG SIDE EFFECT (e.g. alcohol, Demerol)

* This test is also useful in evaluating patients with abdominal pain of unknown origin.

* This test is performed using a standard venipuncture specimen.


60-160 Somogyi units per deciliter


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