The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
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5 mL blood in lithium heparin or plain tube.
Racial differences have been reported.
Some laboratories offer a specific pancreatic amylase assay - consult pathologist.
Clinical suspicion of acute pancreatitis. Lipase or specific pancreatic amylase are the preferred tests.
Very high levels are found with acute pancreatitis; lipase is a more sensitive and specific indicator of this disorder.
A normal amylase level does not exclude acute pancreatitis. The test is not specific, with very high levels being found in pancreatic pseudocyst, perforated duodenal ulcer and upper small bowel obstruction.
Moderately high levels are found frequently in other acute abdominal conditions.
High levels are also found in acute parotitis and macroamylasaemia, a clinically insignificant disorder described in 1.5% of (non-alcoholic) hospitalised adult patients.
Assays which are specific for the pancreatic isoenzyme improve the specificity of the test.
See also Lipase.
Yadav D et al. Am J Gastroenterol 2002; 97: 1309-1318.
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