Acute pancreatitis is an acute inflammatory process of the pancreas. It is usually associated with severe acute upper abdominal pain and elevated blood levels of pancreatic enzymes. Serum amylase and lipase are common tests obtained as biochemical markers for acute pancreatitis. Pancreatitis, however, is not the sole cause of elevated pancreatic enzymes. Non-pancreatic causes of hyperamylasemia include inflammation or trauma to the salivary glands, bowel perforation or infarction, renal failure, abdominal trauma, and macroamylasemia.2 An unusual cause of elevated pancreatic enzymes is reported in this case report.
Chong, MD, William H.
"A 70-year-old male with abdonimal pain,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 9, Article 19.
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