This test is used to measure the level of amylase enzyme in your urine. This test may help in diagnosing any disease of the pancreas. Amylase is an enzyme which is secreted by the pancreas along with lipase. These two enzymes help in breakdown and processing food, Amylase is also present in human saliva. An increase in the blood levels of amylase and lipase is a sign of pancreatic disease/disorder.
What are Amylase and Pancreas?
Amylase is an enzyme and a special protein which is useful in digestion. This enzyme is produced by the pancreas and the glands that make saliva (salivary glands). The pancreas is an organ present behind your stomach. It produces various enzymes that help in breaking down of food in your intestines. When pancreas function is impaired or if there is an inflammation of pancreas too much or too little of amylase is released into your blood. Thus amylase blood test may detect any problems related to the pancreas.
Why is this test performed?
This test may be recommended to you if you experience symptoms like fever, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting or upper abdominal pain. This test can also be recommended to check existing conditions like pancreatitis, an eating disorder, pregnancy.
Some medicines may interfere with the test results like aspirin, birth control pills, opiates, diuretics like furosemide, torsemide, hydrochlorothiazide, etc. Taking alcohol, burns may also affect the test results.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Amylase 24 Hour Urine. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Amylase 24 Hour Urine.
It is recommended to avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours before undergoing this test.
If your amylase urine test results are higher than the normal range then it may indicate the presence of acute pancreatitis, alcohol consumption, cancer of the pancreas, stomach or intestinal ulcers, etc.
If your amylase urine test results are lower than the normal range then it may indicate the presence of Kidney disease, Liver failure, High blood pressure in pregnancy (preeclampsia), Cystic fibrosis, etc.
Based on the test results, your doctor may advise you appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests, etc.
|MALE||All age groups||2.6 to 21.2 Units per hour|
|FEMALE||All age groups||2.6 to 21.2 Units per hour|