Amylase and lipase are markers of pancreatic function

The pancreas sits behind the stomach and produces digestive juices that empty into the small intestine. The pancreas produces amylase and lipase which are key digestive enzymes that help your body break down starches and fats. Pancreatic insufficiency is a deficiency of these enzymes that results in malabsorption. Symptoms can include steatorrhea (clay-colored, loose, greasy, foul-smelling large stools), abdominal discomfort, bloating, and weight loss.

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

Print out the pathology form that we email you.

Take your form to your local collection centre to have your blood sample taken - no need for an appointment.

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

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