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Test Code AMYL Amylase Serum

Important Note

Specimen must be serum; DO NOT use green top tubes.

Clinical System Name

Amylase Serum

Description

Amylase is an amylolytic digestive enzyme produced by the exocrine pancreas and salivary glands. Amylase is increased in acute pancreatitis, pancreatic abscess or pseudocyst, pancreatic trauma, amyloidosis, pancreatic neoplasm, common-bile-duct obstruction, and after thoracic surgery.  Increased amylase activity may be found in mumps parotitis and renal insufficiency.

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Whole Blood

Container(s):  Gold SST, Gold Microtainer, Red

Preferred Vol: 0.5 mL

Minimum Vol:  0.5 mL

 

Note:  Test is affected by lipemia, oxylate, fluoride, citrate, and heparin.  Test is not affected by hemolysis and icterus.  Do not freeze samples.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Wrong collection container, frozen specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-4o C

Storage location:  CORE 5 Refrigerator

 

 

Off-site collection:  Specimen must be serum; DO NOT use green top tubes.  Spin blood, refrigerate serum. Avoid freezing.

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum RT

≤ 7 D

Serum 2-4oC

≤ 30 D

  Frozen

No

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H

 

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    

Department

Department:  Core Lab Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617

 

 

Reference Range

 

All Ages

≤ 115 IU/L at 37o C

 

Methodology

Method: Spectrophotometric, Enzyme Rate by Vitros 4600

Minimum Volume: 0.05 mL serum

Analytical Volume:  0.02 mL + 0.03 mL dead space

CPT Codes

82150