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.
April 8, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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