Corporate Health & Wellness Specialist – PrognoHealth

Amylase Test

Amylase is an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates in the body. The amylase test is used to measure the level of amylase in the blood, which can help diagnose and monitor conditions that affect the pancreas or salivary glands.

Pre-test preparation:
No special preparation is usually required for an amylase test.

Testing method:
A blood sample is taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Common symptoms that may prompt a healthcare provider to prescribe an amylase test include:
Abdominal pain
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Swelling or tenderness in the abdomen
Sudden onset of diabetes

Elevated levels of amylase in the blood can be a sign of acute pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas.
Elevated levels of amylase in the blood can also be caused by other conditions such as: mumps, cystic fibrosis, and kidney failure.

Reference range:
Normal values for amylase levels in the blood vary depending on the laboratory, but generally range from 30 to 110 units per liter (U/L).
It’s important to note that the test results should be interpreted in the context of the patient’s clinical presentation and other test results. A single test result should not be used as the sole basis for diagnosis and treatment decisions. A qualified healthcare professional should interpret the test results and give you a proper diagnosis.

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