What Do High Amylase Levels in the Blood Mean?

Q:
What do high amylase levels in the blood mean?

A:
Amylase is an enzyme that helps digest carbohydrates. It’s made in the pancreas and some glands that produce saliva. Normally, the amylase level in the blood is 40 to 140 U/L. On the other hand, when the amylase level is high, it could indicate pancreas disorders or digestive tract problems.

High amylase levels may mean:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Cancer of the pancreas, ovaries, or lungs
  • Severe gastroenteritis
  • Infection of the salivary glands, or a blockage
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Poor kidney function
  • Others

 

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