Amylase

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose pancreatitis

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of a pancreatic disorder, such as severe abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite or nausea

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

The Test Sample

What is being tested?

Amylase is an enzyme made mainly by the pancreas. It is released from the pancreas into the digestive tract to help digest starch in our food.

How is the sample collected for testing?

A blood sample is taken by needle from a vein in the arm.

The Test

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