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Amylase Test measures the amount of Amylase enzymes in the blood.
Amylase is an enzyme produced by the Pancreas and the Salivary Glands. Amylase is one of several enzymes that helps digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates. In the event of pancreatitis (Inflammation of the Pancreas) or Mumps (Inflammation of Salivary Glands) the levels of Amylase rise, thus it is a very important test to confirm these ailments.
The Lipase Test measures the amount of the Lipase enzyme in the blood. Lipase is an enzyme that is made by your pancreas. It helps your body digest fats.
Higher levels of Lipase may mean you have a problem with your pancreas. Most often this means acute pancreatitis, or sudden inflammation of the pancreas.
The normal concentration of Lipase in the blood is very low, when there is a disruption of the pancreatic function due to pancreatitis (Inflammation of the pancreas) or other disorders the pancreas will produce these enzymes in elevated quantities.