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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Pancreatic Amylase, Blood

Clinical Significance

The amylases are a group of hydrolases that split complex carbohydrates constituted of a-D-glucose units. The two recognized types of amylases are ß-amylase (e.g. plant and bacteria exoamylase) and human a-amylases which can attack the a-1,4-linkage anywhere along a polyglucan chain. Pancreatic amylase is synthesized only in pancreatic tissue by acinar cells, however the salivary glands and female genital, pulmonary tissues. Total amylase determinations used for the evaluation of pancreatic disorders often give misleading information due to high concentrations of salivary amylase present. The evaluation of pancreatic isoamylase would have a greater clinical specificity for the diagnosis of pancreatic disorders than total amylase assessment

Test Name

Pancreatic Amylase, Blood

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Amylase P

Test Code



Biochemistry - Biochemistry



Turn Around Time

Monday to Friday

Specimen Type

Serum or Sodium/Lithium Heparin / EDTA plasma

Minimum Specimen Requirements

200 uL



Approval is not required

CPT Codes


Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

13-53 U/L