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Blood Test Information

minimum sample volume required ~ 5ml

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Test Code: LPE

Other acceptable tube types
Lithium heparin (pale green)

Special instructions

Reference Range
0 - <10 years: <30
10 - <18 years: <40
18+ years: <67


Turnaround Time
1 day

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Investigation of suspected acute pancreatitis. A significantly raised lipase (>3 x ULN), if consistent with clinical signs, supports a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. Other causes should be considered if lipase is moderately raised (2-3 x ULN) e.g. GI or liver disease, acute cholecystitis, acute kidney injury, renal colic, pyelonephritis and malignancy. However, a normal or moderately raised serum lipase does not completely exclude acute pancreatitis and if clinical signs are consistent, further investigations e.g. appropriate imaging may still be warranted.


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