Lipase

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Formal name: Lipase
Related tests: Amylase

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose pancreatitis or other pancreatic disease

When to Get Tested?

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

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None

The Test Sample

What is being tested?

Lipase is an enzyme manufactured primarily by the pancreas. It is released into the digestive tract to help digest fatty foods. It is also important in maintaining cell permeability, that is, allowing the cell wall to let nutrients easily flow in and to let waste easily flow out.

How is the sample collected for testing?

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

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

No test preparation is needed.

The Test

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