Amylase and lipase are markers of pancreatic function

Normally the pancreatic digestive enzymes are created and carried into the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) in an inactive form. It is thought that during pancreatitis attacks, these enzymes are prevented from reaching the duodenum and become activated while still in the pancreas, and begin to auto-digest and destroy the pancreas.

What we test

Pancreatic Function

Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are broken down by stomach acids, enzymes produced by the pancreas, and bile from the liver. This process also releases micronutrients. This blood test measures the levels of enzymes produced by the pancreas.

This blood test measures:

An enzyme produced by the pancreas which is released into the digestive tract to help digest fatty foods.

An enzyme made mainly by the pancreas which is released from the pancreas into the digestive tract to help digest starch in our food.

Test instructions

Download and print your pathology form from your i-screen dashboard.

Take your form to one of our affiliated collection centres to have your sample taken.

Refrain from taking digestive enzymes for 5 days prior to your blood draw.

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