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Urine Amylase

24 hour container, urine monovette or white topped universal (no additives)

TestUrine Amylase
Common AbbreviationsUAMY
Tube type24 hour container, urine monovette or white topped universal (no additives)
Clinical IndicationAmylase is excreted by glomerular filtration and then 50% of it is reabsorbed by the tubules. This reabsorption is reduced in transient tubular damage, after burns, in the presence of DKA and acute pancreatitis as well as proteinuria resulting in an increase in amylase clearance. The measurement of amylase in urine is used as an indication of chronic hyperamylasemia, to exclude macroamylasemia and in the detection or exclusion of renal insufficiency and diabetic nephropathy. It is raised 7 – 10 days after an attack of pancreatitis.
Specimen TypeUrine
Sample typeRandom or 24 Hour Urine
Minimum Volume1mL
Special PrecautionsNo special requirements
Stability20 days at 2-8°C and 2 days at 15-25°C
Turnaround TimeInpatient: 6 hours Outpatient/ GP: 24 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference IntervalRandom urine: <460 IU/L 24 hour urine: <390 IU/24 hours (Quoted by the manufacturer)
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