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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.
Preparation: Fasting is advisable 8 hours before the test (no food or drink except water).
You can order this test individually or as part of the following panels: