Amylase Test

This test measures the level of amylase in the blood, urine or abdominal fluid. Amylase is an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates.




This test measures the level of amylase in the blood, urine or abdominal fluid. Amylase is an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates.



This test measures the level of amylase in the blood, urine or fluid taken from the abdomen. Amylase is an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates so that it can use it as a source of energy.

  • An amylase test can help in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed.
  • An amylase test can also be used to monitor the course of chronic pancreatitis.

An amylase test may be performed on:

  • Blood drawn from a vein in your arm (the most common approach)
  • A urine sample
  • A sample of fluid drawn from the abdomen

Your healthcare provider may order an amylase level if you abdominal pain, a common symptom of pancreatitis. Other symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting

In an adult, the blood sample is usually taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm. Urine samples are collected in a small cup. Abdominal fluid may be obtained in several different ways, including the use of a needle and syringe to withdraw the fluid.

  • No special preparation is needed before any of the samples are obtained.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture) or fluid from the abdomen. There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • What does it mean if my amylase level is high?
  • What other tests might I need?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Amylase Test
Pancreatitis
Pancreas
Pancreatic
Amylase


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