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Amylase Testing

Amylase is an enzyme that helps your body digest carbohydrates. This enzyme is made mainly in your pancreas, or the glands that make saliva.  When your pancreas becomes diseased or inflamed, amylase gets into your blood.


Amylase may be tested by taking a sample of blood or urine.   The test is usually given to either diagnose or monitor pancreas disease, or to detect problems with your digestive system.  The test may be performed if you are suffering from:

  • Chronic pancreatitis

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis

  • Pancreatic pseudocyst

Certain drugs may affect your amylase test levels, they include:

  • Aspirin

  • Birth control pills

  • Cholinergic medications

  • Corticosteroids

  • Methyldopa

  • Codeine

  • Morphine

  • Pentazocine

Visit a lab location nearest you today, no appointment needed.  Insurance is not required, but call 225-389-5020 to find out if your health plan will cover this test.




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