Lipase is a protein (
This article discusses the test used to measure the amount of the lipase in the blood.
How the test is performed
A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see:
How to prepare for the test
Do not eat for 8 hours before the test.
Your health care provider may ask you to stop taking drugs that may affect the test, such as:
- Birth control pills
- Cholinergic medications
- Thiazide diuretics
How the test will feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
Why the test is performed
This test is done to check the pancreas for disease, most often
Lipase appears in the blood when the pancreas is damaged.
Review Date: 02/04/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.