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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — amylase

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Description

The clinical test for amylase acquired from a patient's serum is a laboratory test used to measure the level of amylase in the blood. Amylase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas and salivary glands that helps to break down carbohydrates.

The method for obtaining amylase from a patient's serum involves collecting a sample of the patient's blood. The sample is then centrifuged to separate the serum from the other components of the blood. The serum is then tested for amylase levels using a spectrophotometer or an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results of the test are then used to diagnose and monitor conditions such as pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, and mumps.

Synonyms
  • alpha amylase
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Amylase
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: