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Amylase is used as a work-up for abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Such findings characterize inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Pancreatitis is also associated with abnormalities in calcium metabolism. About 80% of subjects with acute pancreatitis have increased serum amylase within 24 hours.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.
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