Synonyms: AML, Alpha-Amylase

Why It Is Done

*Diagnose pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases. * Monitor the treatment of pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases.*Evaluate swelling and inflammation of the salivary glands. *Determine if the intestines are damaged.*Diagnose and monitor gallbladder attacks.

Test Overview

Normally, only low levels of amylase are found in the blood or urine. However, if the pancreas or salivary glands become damaged or blocked, more amylase is usually released into the blood and urine. In the blood, amylase levels rise for only a short time. In the urine, amylase may remain high for several days. Serum amylase is cleared by renal excretion. Serum amylase may increase in renal failure.

How To Prepare

No special preparation is needed