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The blood sample will be processed by a machine. Results are usually available in 1-2 days.

In general, low amylase levels may indicate that the pancreas isn't producing enough of this enzyme.
Increased levels may mean amylase is building up in the blood due to pancreatic injury or disease.

High amylase levels also may be associated with decreased kidney function because amylase is filtered
from the blood by the kidneys and excreted from the body through urine. For this reason, doctors may
order a urine amylase test in addition to the blood test. They also may order a test to measure lipase
another pancreatic enzyme that helps break down fats to provide a fuller picture of the
pancreatic problem.