Serum Lipase Test
Doctor advice lipase test for patients those may have pancreatic dysfunction, such as gallstones, pancreatitis, pancreatic duct blockages, and other pancreatic disorders.
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Lipase is a type of enzyme that the pancreas produces and secretes into the small intestine. Lipase breaks down lipids or fats, converting them into glycerol and fatty acids. The purpose of a lipase test, which is a blood analysis and used to determine how much lipase is present in the blood. It is normal for small amounts to be present in the blood, but when there are increased amounts in the blood, this can show that the pancreas or the pancreatic duct may be injured.
Doctors recommend lipase tests in patients that may have pancreatic dysfunction, such as gallstones, pancreatitis, pancreatic duct blockages, and other pancreatic disorders. Some of the most common symptoms of these conditions include nausea, appetite loss, fever, and abdominal pain. Physicians may also recommend a lipase blood screening for children that have cystic fibrosis, a condition where there is thick mucus clogging the pancreas and the lungs which cause chronic lung infections and malabsorption issues.
What is the lipase test?
The human pancreas releases an enzyme called lipase, which helps in the breaking down of fats in the food that we take in. It also helps in the movement of the cell nutrients and cell waste towards the wall of the cells. While lipase is significant for the digestion of food in our body, its abnormal levels show health problems which in the long run can affect the human pancreas. The lipase test therefore, measure the amount of lipase in our body. It diagnoses the potential risks to the pancreas along with the digestive working of the cell.
Why lipase test advised?
This test is mostly used with an amylase test, which aids in diagnosing and monitoring pancreatitis. This testing also allows for diagnosing cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and Crohn Disease. The presence of certain abnormal levels of lipase shows several other diseases that can affect the pancreas. At initial levels, if detected, this problem can be cured for a lifetime. Timely identification of lipase levels also helps in avoiding harm to other organs of the body.
- Overnight fasting is not required
- Doctor’s prescription may be needed
- The normal reference range may vary depending on gender, age, health history, etc.
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