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Lipase is an enzyme produced by your pancreas. It helps in the breakdown of the fat present in food into fatty acids. When someone’s pancreas is injured or not functions well, it releases more lipase than normal. The pancreas is an organ that is present behind the stomach and produces digestive juices. Lipase is released into the duodenum(the first part of the small intestine). The primary source for the production of lipase is pancreas, but it is also produced by liver, stomach, tongue in a small amount. The Lipase blood test or LPS or serum lipase test is performed to check the amount of lipase in blood. It is done to determine pancreatic disease and pancreatic duct obstruction.
Some Conditions That May Require This Test:
The lipase test is majorly suggested when you have a health condition noted above.
Lipase test doesn’t require any preparations only 10- 12 hours fasting are needed. Whereas in some cases, you may be asked to stop taking some medications or herbal supplements before the test. The medications may change the test result. But first, talk to your doctor for medical advice. AreYouHealthy will surely help you in getting the test done effortlessly. A healthcare professional will come to your doorstep and will take the blood sample from your arm. A blood sample will be collected in a tube and sent to a laboratory to examine.
You may feel a slight pain during the blood draw. The risks of getting blood drawn are normal and minor:- Infection, Chances of fainting and Dizziness.
High level of lipase in the blood may indicate the condition of altering the pancreas. There is no fixed range for normal level; it varies from labs to labs. So you along with your doctor will look at the result and find out how your lipase level is compared with average. In acute pancreatitis, levels may get higher from 5 to 10 times than the average level. Although lipase test alone can’t define the harshness of an acute pancreatitis attack. When this test gives abnormal results, your doctor may ask to have other tests such as CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasound, etc.