This test is used to measure the level of amylase enzyme in your blood. This test may help in diagnosing any disease of the pancreas.
What is Amylase?
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 this test is 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 is also recommended to check existing conditions like pancreatitis, 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. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Amylase.
No specific preparation is required for the amylase blood test.
If your amylase blood test results are higher than the normal range then it may indicate the following conditions:
If your amylase blood test results are lower than the normal range then it may indicate the following conditions:
If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor may recommend other tests depending on your results.
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