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 may be performed on:
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:
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.
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?
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