Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Amylase-Total,Plasma

Test Name: Amylase-Total,Plasma
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: 4.5 mL Green (Lithium Heparin) top Vacutainer

0-2 years: 0.5 mL Green Microtainer
2-10 years: 2 mL Green top tube
Collection Information: Serum from a 5 mL Gold top or 6 mL Red top Vacutainer tube is also acceptable.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 hours
1 hour
Reference Range: Adult:
28-100 U/L

Up to 2 X Adult levels
Effective Date: 2008-11-15
Revised Date: 2021-12-21
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Please be advised that serum Amylase will be discontinued and will be replaced by serum Lipase at LHSC and St. Joseph’s Hospital as of December 1, 2019. Amylase testing will still be available for fluids and rare conditions other than acute pancreatitis.

Amylase has been used for the initial diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. However, Lipase is now the preferred test due to its (i) better sensitivity and specificity than total amylase, (ii) wider diagnostic window than amylase.
Special Processing:  
Comments: Hemolyzed plasma may interfere with this test methodology.
Method of Analysis: Enzymatic Colorimetric
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
.AMY (Orderable by Lab only)
Referred To:  

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