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Value of repeating amylase levels in abdominal pain

Authors Durai R, Uzkalnis A

Published 24 August 2010 Volume 2010:3 Pages 91—92


Rajaraman Durai1, Alexandras Uzkalnis2
1Specialist registrar, 2Consultant surgeon, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Lewisham, London, SE13 6LH, UK

Serum amylase and lipase are commonly used tests for diagnosing pancreatitis. Serum amylase level is usually high in the early days of pancreatitis which subsequently decreases. Serum lipase is not routinely available in every hospital. We report an unusual case of pancreatitis where amylase was normal initially then it began to rise.

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