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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Amylase


Brown clotted serum, gel barrier or orange lithium heparin

Common AbbreviationsAMY
Tube typeBrown clotted serum, gel barrier or orange lithium heparin
Clinical IndicationAmylase measurement is used in the investigation and monitoring of suspected pancreatitis. Amylase may also be raised in other pancreatic, salivary, gastrointestinal and gynaecological diseases as well as neoplasms and renal failure. Hypoamylasaemia has been seen in advanced cystic fibrosis, severe liver disease and following pancreatectomy.
Specimen TypeBlood
Sample typeSerum
Minimum Volume0.5mL If requesting more than 10 tests please send an additional brown clotted serum sample.
Special PrecautionsNo special requirements
Stability7 days at 2-25°C
Turnaround TimeUrgent: 2 hours Inpatient: 4 hours Outpatient/ GP: 24 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference Interval< 101 IU/L
LimitationsSevere haemolysis, icterus or lipaemia may interfere with measurement and prevent an amylase value from being reported. Serum amylase is also raised in macroamylasaemia. Icodextrin (found in fluid replacement and dialysis fluids) falsely lowers results.
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