|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 3 hours; STAT 30 minutes|
|Container:||3 mL green top tube or green microtainer (sodium heparin); red top acceptable|
|Temperature:||Transport to laboratory within 30 minutes of collection|
|Uses:||Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pancreas, such as acute pancreatitis and obstruction of the pancreatic duct.|
|Limitations:||EDTA, potassium oxalate, sodium fluoride and cirtrate inhibit lipase activity. Hemolysis may increase lipase activity by 10-20%.|
|Method:||Colorimetric biochromatic endpoint|
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