Lipase Testing

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Lipase is one of several enzymes produced by the pancreas to help digest dietary fats. This test measures the amount of lipase in the blood.

Normal Range

In general, normal results are 0 to 160 units per liter (U/L) or 0 to 2.67 microkat/L (µkat/L).

Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories.

Higher-than-normal levels may be due to:

  • Blockage of the bowel (bowel obstruction)
  • Celiac disease
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst

This test may also be done for familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency

A low level of lipase in the blood may indicate permanent damage to the lipase-producing cells in the pancreas. This can occur in chronic diseases that affect the pancreas such as cystic fibrosis.

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