Pancreatic lipase


Lipase is an enzyme necessary for fat metabolism, which breaks down triglycerides in digestion and adipose tissues. Analysis of P-Lipas is mainly carried out to diagnose pancreas-related conditions such as pancreatitis. Elevated lipase levels may indicate acute pancreatitis, which can cause intense abdominal pain, nausea, and fever, and requires medical evaluation.

What is Pancreatic Lipase?

Pancreatic lipase is an enzyme that plays a key role in the body's fat metabolism by breaking down triglycerides into glycerol and fatty acids, enabling their absorption and use as energy. There are mainly two types: pancreatic lipase, which is important for fat digestion in the small intestine, and hormone-sensitive lipase, which breaks down stored fat in adipose tissue. These processes contribute to energy homeostasis in the body by regulating the availability of fat for energy production.

What is the function of pancreatic lipase in the body?

Lipase is an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of triglycerides into glycerol and fatty acids, which is important both for digestion and for mobilizing stored fat in the body's adipose tissues. Pancreatic lipase, produced in the pancreas, helps break down fat from food in the small intestine, while hormone-sensitive lipase in adipose tissues breaks down stored fat for energy. This makes lipase central to regulating the body's energy needs and fat use.

Why is P-Lipas analyzed?

Measuring the levels of serum lipase in the blood is important for diagnosing conditions affecting the pancreas, such as acute or chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Elevated lipase levels may indicate pancreatitis or other damage to the pancreas, while low levels are usually not associated with specific disease states.

What can elevated levels of P-Lipas cause?

Elevated levels of S-Lipas in the blood can indicate problems with the pancreas, such as acute pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. It can also signal other conditions affecting the pancreas, including chronic pancreatitis or blockages in the pancreatic ducts. It is important to investigate these high levels further with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of elevated levels of P-Lipas

An increased value of S-Lipas can indicate acute pancreatitis, which can cause symptoms such as intense pain in the upper part of the abdomen, sometimes radiating to the back or chest, nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite and abdominal swelling. These signs should be noted and evaluated by a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Tests containing the marker Lipas

Other health tests

Other health tests

Fat metabolism test

Lipase tests

  • Measuring the levels of Lipase.
  • Analysis of the enzyme pancreatic lipase.
  • Indication for pancreatic diseases.
  • For increased insight into fat metabolism.

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