Simplifying Science Descipher Logo   
Menu
S T E M
Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — lipase

Information displayed below is a subset of the entire knowledge base and may be incomplete intensionally or inadvertently. If you detect a serious error or want access to the complete knowledge base, please contact us.

Description

The clinical test lipase is a laboratory test used to measure the amount of lipase in a patient's serum. Lipase is an enzyme that helps break down fats in the body. The test is used to diagnose and monitor pancreatic diseases, such as pancreatitis, and to detect high levels of fat in the blood.

The test is performed by collecting a sample of the patient's blood and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will then measure the amount of lipase in the sample. The results of the test will indicate whether the patient has an abnormally high or low level of lipase in their serum.

In some cases, the laboratory may also perform additional tests to determine the cause of the abnormal lipase levels. These tests may include imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or CT scan, or a biopsy of the pancreas.

The results of the test will help the doctor diagnose and treat the patient's condition. Treatment may include medications, lifestyle changes, or surgery.

Synonyms
  • pancreatic lipase
  • triacylglycerol acylhydrolase
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Lipase
Detailed Laboratory Testing Information (use the custom search buttons below to find details on these topics)

All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: