HIGH AMYLASE LIPASE LEVEL
Aug 30, 2005
I HAVE BEEN HIV + FOR OVER 7 YRS AND HAVE BEEN ON MEDS FOR THEW LAST 2 YRS. MY VIRAL LOAD IS UNDECTABLE AND T-CELLS ARE 450. MY DOC WAS VERY HAPPY WITH ALL THE LABS BUT DID NOTICE A HIGH AMYLASE LIPASE . I BELIEVE THE VALUE TO BE AROUND 348. I HAVE NO ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS NOR DO I HAVE ANY NAUSEA, VOMITING OR LOSS OF APPETITE. HE SAID NOT TO WORRY AND WELL CHECK LABS IN 3 MONTHS. I EXERCISE DAILY. CAN THIS CAUSE THE HIGH RESULT AND DO I NEED TO BE WORRIED. THANK YOU, STEVE
Response from Dr. Henry
Elevated amylase + lipase levels often indicate some form of pancreatic irritation. A review of your HIV and other meds, an examination and full history (focusing on stomach complaints), and sometimes some X-ray procedures (such as an ultrasound or other tests) or used to evaluate the pancreas and biliary tree in cases of elevated pancreatic enzymes. I have had several patients who run inexplicable high levels of enzymes chronically (no symptoms and no pathology identified but still monitored). Chronic liver disease and alcohol use are 2 factors which can contribute in some cases. Exercise doesn't generallly increase the levels of pancreatic enzymes.KH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.