This test is used to help diagnose and monitor pancreatitis and other disorders of the pancreas. Lipase is an enzyme that is produced by the pancreas to break down fats in food so they can be absorbed by the intestinal tract.
Anyone who has symptoms of pancreatitis of other pancreatic disorders including:
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Loss of appetite
If any of the test results are abnormal, you should follow up with a health care provider.
You should not eat or drink anything except water for 10 hours before this test.
For more information on this test, go to labtestsonline.org.