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Re: [FH] non-crf/heart Pancreatitis

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  • Cynthia Rausch
    Sandy Wrote: Chelsea had bloodwork done Thur. and her vet called to say it was pretty good except for elevated amylase 2424 (300-2000) and a
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      Sandy <arkrabs@...> Wrote:
      Chelsea had bloodwork done Thur. and her vet called to say it was
      pretty good except for elevated amylase 2424 (300-2000) and a high
      band count -13%.

      Hi Sandy and Chelsea,

      Here is a link that explains the tests for pancreatitis, from
      what I have read off other lists the TLI is the confirming test
      to have done.

      http://www.petdiabetes.org/pancreatitis.htm

      Lipase and amylase are two digestive enzymes produced
      by the pancreas that can be measured in the blood.
      Elevations in these enzymes can suggest pancreatitis,
      but are not definitive tests. This is because both
      lipase and amylase are produced by other body tissues,
      and because elevated levels may be due to other diseases
      such as kidney dysfunction. The lipase test may be more
      reliable than the amylase test, but it is not always
      available and it must be requested as a special blood
      test. Many dogs and cats (15-20%) with pancreatitis do
      not have elevations in lipase and amylase, so when these
      blood values are normal, it does not rule out pancreatitis.

      Trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI) test. The TLI test may
      help diagnosing acute pancreatitis in both cats and dogs.
      This test measures serum concentration of two enzymes,
      trypsinogen and trypsin. Trypsinogen is produced only by
      the pancreas. With pancreatitis, TLI is elevated more
      reliably than lipase. However, reduced kidney function
      may cause an increase in serum TLI. Because TLI is not
      always elevated, a normal TLI test does not rule out
      pancreatitis. Unfortunately, only a few labs perform
      this test and it may take about two weeks to get the
      test results back.

      I hope this helps,

      Cynthia, Taffy, Samuel
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