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4731 Amylase

Code and name of test:

4731 Amylase

Serum amylase is part of the hydrolases, the subgroup of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolytic degradation of starch, glycogen, poly- and oligosaccharides. Amylase is an exocrine secretion enzyme that is present in the serum as two main isoenzymatic forms: pancreatic (40% of the total serum amylase) and salivary (60% of the total serum amylase). The enzyme is also present in much smaller amounts in the liver, duodenal juice, small intestine, fallopian tubes, and skeletal muscles.

Usefulness:

  • A tool in detecting acute pancreatitis

Bibliography:

  • Haematology for Healthcare High Schools Dr. Traian Hossu, Dr. Margareta Parascan, Editura Didactica si Pedagogica Bucharest 1974
  • Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Manual Prof. doc. honoris causa Sabin Ghergariu, PhD, Prof. Alexandru Pop, PhD, Head of Works Chemist Laszlo Kadar, Prof. Marina Spinu, PhD

Specimens:

venous blood samples

Response time:

1 business day, depending on the number of samples

Methodology:

quality test