|Description||A circulating enzyme used as a marker of tissue damage.|
|Additional Info||Some GI abnormalities, such as pancreatitis, perforated peptic ulcers and necrotic bowel, may allow pancreatic secretions to enter the peritoneal cavity. Peritoneal fluid can find its way into a pleural space, and therefore pancreatitis may present with pleural effusion.
|Interpretation||Pleural fluid amylase is elevated in cases of pancreatic pleural fistula, esophageal rupture, malignant effusion, pancreatic ascites and pancreatic duct trauma. Most patients with pancreatic ascites have high peritoneal fluid amylase as well as high serum and urine amylase.
|Collection Conditions||No restrictions
|Min. Vol||2 mL|
|Ref. Range (Male)||See note|
|Ref. Range (Female)|| |
|Ref. Range (Paed)|| |
|Ref. Range Notes||Activity identical to or slightly less than serum amylase
|Units|| - Not Defined -|
|IP Acute TAT||Refer to Website|
|IP Routine TAT||Refer to Website|
|GP Acute TAT||- Contact Laboratory|
|GP Routine TAT||Refer to Website|
Originally edited by : JHB. Review due on 21/06/2017 12:00:56. Published By S.Bennett on 21/06/2016 12:00:56.