Pancreatic amylase

Measurement of α-amylase in serum and urine is mainly applied for the diagnosis of pancreatic disorders and monitoring complications.

Reference Ranges

IFCCInternational Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Serum / Plasma
Women< 53 U/L< 0.88 µkat/L
Men< 53 U/L< 0.88 µkat/L
Urine
Women< 319 U/L< 5.32 µkat/L
Men< 356 U/L< 5.93 µkat/L
Each laboratory should check if the reference ranges are transferable to its own patient population and determine own reference ranges if necessary. For diagnostic purposes, the results should always be assessed with the patient’s medical history, clinical examinations and other findings.

Increased in

  1. Pancreatitis
  2. Obstruction of pancreatic duct

Decreased in

  1. Advanced cystic fibrosis

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