Lipase is an enzyme that helps digest fats. Its exact functions vary slightly depending on where in the body it is produced.
The three different types of lipase are:
Levels of lipase in the blood can be used to diagnose and monitor diseases of the pancreas. High levels of lipase are also common in people who have cystic fibrosis, kidney failure, or intestinal obstruction.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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