Amylase is produced in the pancreas to facilitate the digestion of starch; its (over)accumulation in the blood might reflect an obstruction in the pancreatic duct secondary to a gallstone or tumour, or may be due to the presence of acute/chronic pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis-like presentation: severe abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite or nausea
Blood: 0-90 IU/L
|Sample & container required||SST (gold top) Urine: 24 hour collection|
|Sample volume||Blood: 0.5 mL Urine: 24 hour collection|
|Turnaround time||Blood: 1 day Urine: 2 days|