Definition Lipase is a protein ( enzyme ) released by the pancreas into the small intestine. It helps the body absorb fat by breaking the fat down into fatty acids. 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: Venipuncture . 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: Bethanechol Birth control pills Cholinergic medications Codeine Indomethacin Meperidine Methacholine Morphine 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 acute pancreatitis . Lipase appears in the blood when the pancreas is damaged.
Definition Kidney function tests are common lab tests used to evaluate how well the kidneys are working. See links below for details of how each test is performed: BUN Creatinine - blood Creatinine clearance Creatinine - urine How the test is performed How to prepare for the test How the test will feel Why the test is performed
Did you know that Linda Ronstadt, Mary-Louise Parker, Oprah, Kim Cattrall and George and Barbara Bush have thyroid disease? Probably not. Thyroid problems don't make the news, at least not as often as mental health issues do. But if you believe that you have clinical depression, or have been diagnosed with clinical depression, you should make sure that your doctor rules out thyroid disease as a cause or contributing factor.
We are all taught how our brain and the nerves in our body act as an electrical control system for everything we do, but we rarely learn about how our endocrine system controls all of the biological processes in our bodies. The endocrine system consists of a series of glands scattered throughout the body. These glands include the pituitary, the pineal, the hypothalamus, the thyroid, the parathyroid, the pancreas, the testes and ovaries, the liver, the adrenal glands and a host of lesser known glands. Each of these glands release hormones into our blood that ...
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