Amylase is found primarily in the pancreas and salivary glands. Elevated serum levels are associated with acute pancreatitis and other pancreatic disorders as well as mumps and bacterial parotitis.Amylase activity in serum tends to increase rapidly after an attack of pancreatitis and may be demonstrated as early as six to eight hours after its onset. Levels stay elevated for one to three days and then return rapidly to normal, reflecting the efficient renal clearance of the enzyme.Decreased amylase levels have been found in abscesses of the liver, acute hepatocellular damage, cirrhosis, cancer of the liver and bile duct and cholecystitis.

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Serum Separator Tube (SST®)

Do not remove the stopper at any time. Do not centrifuge immediately after drawing blood. Allow the blood to clot in an upright position for at least 30 minutes but not longer than 1 hour before centrifugation. Centrifuge for at least 15 minutes at 2200-2500 RPM within one hour of collection. Label the tube with the patient’s last name, patient’s first name, date of birth, date of collection, and time of collection.

Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: 30 days