Amylase test is used to measures the amount of amylase in the blood.
Amylase is an enzyme, or special protein, produced by the pancreas and salivary glands. It helps in breaking down of carbohydrates and promotes digestion. The pancreas can sometimes become damaged or inflamed, which causes it to produce too much or too little amylase.
This test is used to diagnose pancreatic pseudocyst, pancreatic abscess, and pancreatic cancer. If you have symptoms like upper anorexia, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and nausea, you might be prescribed an amylase test.
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is then asked to make a fist. This helps in the build-up of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. Needle is inserted into the vein of the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What medication effects the amylase level in the body?
The medication like aspirin, birth control pills, cholinergic medications, methyldopa, opiates, such as codeine, meperidine, and morphine, thiazide diuretics, such as chlorothiazide, indapamide, metolazone, etc., may affect the amylase level.
What are the symptoms of Pancreatitis?
The symptoms of Pancreatitis are upper abdominal pain, abdominal pain that feels worse after eating, fever, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting.
What is chronic Pancreatitis?
Chronic pancreatitis may often be associated with alcoholism. Chronic pancreatitis may also be caused by trauma and/or pancreatic duct obstruction or may also be seen in association with genetic abnormalities like cystic fibrosis.