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Test Code AMYL Amylase, LAB48


Rate Reaction

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Acceptable: Gold-top serum  gel tube or plain, red-top tube
Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL of plasma or serum

Stability: Amylase in serum and heparinzed plasma is stable for up to 7 days

               at room temperature and 6 months at 2-8°C. For longer storage, samples

               may be frozen at -20°C or colder for up to one year.


Reference Values

25-115 U/L

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Amylase measurements are used primarily in the diagnosis and

treatment of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).