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Test Code Lipase Lipase Level

Clinical System Name

Lipase Level


Serum lipase increases rapidly in patients with acute and recurrent pancreatitis, pancreatic abscess or pseudocyst, pancreatic trauma, pancreatic cancer, common-bile-duct-obstruction, ingestion of drugs that are toxic to the pancreas, most inflammatory conditions in the abdominal cavity, biliary tract disease, abdominal abscesses, and renal failure.  Lipase is more specific than total amylase in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis.     

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Whole Blood

Container(s):  Gold SST, Red Tube, or Dark Green/Sodium Heparin,  Lt. Green/Lithium Heparin Microtainer, or Gold Microtainer

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL



Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of specimen, incorrect collection container

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8oC

Storage location: Core Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection:  Spin blood, refrigerate serum or plasma.



Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma RT

7 D

Serum or Plasma 2-8oC

21 D

Serum or Plasma -20o C or -70oC

150 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617



Reference Range


< 18 Y 25 - 120
> 18 Y 23 - 208



Method: Two Point Rate by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume:  0.02 mL + 0.03 mL dead space

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