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Also Known As: Blood Lipase Test, LPS Test, Serum Lipase Test

Lipase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas that helps the body digest fats. An elevated amount of lipase in the blood can signify that the pancreas is swollen and inflamed, a condition called pancreatitis. Lipase may also be elevated due to other issues in the pancreas, the use of certain medications, or health conditions such as kidney disease, cancer, and problems with the gallbladder or esophagus.

A lipase test measures the amount of lipase in the blood. Your doctor may order a lipase test if you are having abdominal pains or other symptoms that could be caused by pancreatitis. They may also order it to evaluate other health conditions you may have.

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