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How to Book A Lipase Test in Kolkata ?
What is a lipase test used for?
The doctor can advise you to get the lipase test done to detect several conditions, such as:
- To detect pancreatic disorders such as pancreatitis or blockage of pancreatic duct
- To check how well the medicines taken for pancreatic disorders are effective in a patient
- Used in the diagnosis of peritonitis, strangulated bowel, or pancreatic cyst
Some of the symptoms linked to pancreatic disorders, where lipase test could be advised are: Fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, and abdominal pain.
What is included in a lipase test?
The lipase test includes checking lipase enzyme levels in your blood and compares them with the normal range.
Procedure for the test
When the test is booked, the technician visits the home at the time slot selected by you. They will collect your blood sample and carry it to the accredited laboratory where the test will be conducted.
How to prepare for the Lipase test?
To prepare yourself for the test, you may need to fast for at least 8-10 hours before the test. You can drink water during this period. If you take medications, inform your doctor beforehand, as they might interfere with your test results. Some such medications are opiates, birth control pills, cholinergic medicines, etc.
Things to consider after the test is complete
There would be a string or slight pain sensation during the needle insertion for drawing the blood. After the blood is drawn, there may be some throbbing at the point by where the blood was drawn. You should wait for your test reports and consult with your doctor once you receive them.
What types of infection can lipase test detect?
A lipase test is usually recommended by your healthcare professional to diagnose pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can be either acute or chronic. In case you suffer from acute pancreatitis, the condition lasts for a short period of time that usually takes a few days to cure. In contrast, chronic pancreatitis remains for a longer period that worsens with time.
How much does the lipase test cost?*
Lipase test costs between INR 300-1000, depending upon the lab partner and the city where you stay.
*Disclaimer: The value varies based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get the results for the lipase test?
You can expect to get the results for the lipase test within 24 to 48 hours after the sample is collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What do abnormal lipase test results indicate?
Abnormal test results may indicate the following conditions:
- Acute Pancreatitis – Acute Pancreatitis is a minor condition that lasts for a short period only.
- Chronic Pancreatitis – Chronic Pancreatitis is a major health disorder that gets worse over time.
- Gallstone Pancreatitis – This condition occurs when a gallstone closes the pancreatic duct leading to extreme inflammation and pain in the pancreases.
- Peptic ulcers – These are open sores that build upon the upper portion of your intestine. The most common symptom of peptic ulcers is stomach pain.
- Pancreatic cysts – These are sac-like pockets that build up in your pancreas. If not treated rightly, cysts can cause infection leading to medical emergencies.
- Pancreatic cancer – Another major disease that can be caused due to abnormal lipase levels in pancreatic cancer. This cancer begins to grow if there is an uncontrolled growth of the pancreas.
- Stomach cancer – Stomach cancer is a common type of cancer also termed gastric cancer. This condition severely affects the different parts of the stomach. It majorly occurs due to smoking, drinking, or consuming highly processed food.
- Intestinal obstruction – Intestinal obstruction is a condition in which the small and large intestine suffers from internal blockage due to which solids and liquids do not pass through the intestine. One major reason for this condition is certain medications.
- Acute appendicitis – It is an extreme condition where the appendix suffers severe inflammation leading to extreme pain in the abdomen and lower region. In order to eliminate the pain, it is treated within 24 hours of pain.
- Biliary disease – Biliary diseases majorly show an impact on structures such as the gallbladder, bile ducts, and so on responsible for the production and the transportation of the bile. The liver produces bile fluid.
- Alcoholism – A chronic disease that increases with time due to excessive consumption of alcohol, leading to several other health disorders. In this condition, the person gets heavily dependent on alcohol, both physically and mentally.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Is the lipase test definitive?
Lipase is not a definitive test but is used as one of the diagnostic tests for pancreatitis, and the increase in lipase levels three or more times above the normal level are associated with pancreatitis. Lipase levels may also elevate in case of peptic ulcers or any other disease of the pancreas, stomach, or intestines.
Doctors might ask for some additional tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions. Therefore, an abnormal lipase test indicates pancreatitis; it may not be enough to confirm the disease.
How to read the lipase test report?
Normal lipase test results are between 0 to 160 units per liter (U/L) or 0 to 2.67 microkat/L (µkat/L). The range for Normal value may slightly vary among different lab partners. A few laboratories opt for different types of measurement methods for Lipase tests that may affect the final value a little. Discuss with your doctor to know about different terminologies in test results.
Why book the test?
this, this test is conducted to monitor pancreatitis and other pancreas-related disorders. In case your doctor spots symptoms that directly indicate a blockage in the pancreas, they suggest booking the lipase test. Some of the symptoms that you should treat as red flags are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe back pain
- Severe abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- A family history of pancreatitis
- High triglycerides
In case you’re going through any such diseases or experiencing similar symptoms, it is best recommended to book a lipase test as soon as possible. Apart from this, if you drink or smoke regularly, get yourself tested as you’re at a higher risk of having abnormal pancreatitis levels.
Lipase test at home – how does it work?
The lipase test is just like any other blood test that you might have already been aware of. A lab technician visits your home when you book your tests through the MFine app. The lab technician first cleans the arm with a disinfectant in order to ensure everything is nice and clean. After that, they insert a syringe into a vein to take out some blood which is further used as a sample to achieve accurate results.
The required amount of blood is then taken into a vial or a test tube. The lab technician then removes the needle and places cotton wool or a bandage over the prick. This might hurt you in the beginning for 4-5 seconds, however, the pain is surely bearable. Once the test is done, you’re advised to have fresh juice.
Are there any risks involved with the test?
Although a lipase test is a simple blood test and does not involve any health risks in particular as all they do is take out some blood as a sample to check under the microscope. However, there are some minor side effects that you might witness after getting the lipase test done. These are as follows-
- Bleeding from the site where the needle is inserted
- Blood collecting under the skin
- Lightheaded feeling
- Infection (a minor risk any time the skin is pricked)
Apart from these, there are no side effects of the lipase test. In case you suffer any major complications, it is advisable to visit your healthcare professional as soon as possible to minimize future health issues.
What can affect the results of the test?
Lipase results could be affected by medications or food intake 8-10 hours before the test. You should consult your doctor if you are on medications. Hence, it is advisable to inform your healthcare professional about all the medicines or drugs you might need before going for the lipase test.
Also, if there are any specific instructions from your doctor’s end, such as fasting, make sure you follow them religiously to achieve accurate results. Note that the lipase test results will help your healthcare professional plan the future treatment process; therefore, there’s no scope of gaps.
Why Book the Lipase Test ?
- Lipase is an enzyme, a type of protein formed by the liver, intestines, pancreas, stomach, tongue, and many other cells in the body. In case there is any injury or damage, the level of lipase increases in the blood. The test is useful for measuring the amount of lipase present in your blood. If you experience symptoms like fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, and abdominal pain, it is suggested to book a lipase test.
- This test analyzes and screens the people who have a high danger of developing high lipase levels. It also precludes the possibility of acute pancreatitis, gallstone pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, and other health disorders. It also helps determine the efficacy of medicines being prescribed to treat a pancreatic disease.
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What does the Lipase Test measure?
- The lipase test is used to measure lipase enzyme levels in your blood and compares them with the normal range. In case the body shows higher levels of lipase, it directs towards several health disorders that require urgent medical attention.
- Lipase is an enzyme, a type of protein that, if increased, can cause illness and disorders. A doctor arranges a lipase test to affirm and recognize the underlying disorders due to which you are experiencing certain symptoms
What Preparation is Needed for the Lipase Test ?
- A Lipase test is a general test, and no special precautions or preparations are directed before this test. It is advised to inform your doctor about any ongoing medications, underlying problems and your family’s health. Also, if you have any allergies, do not forget to mention those. You may be required to fast for 8-10 hours before the test to acquire accurate results. However, you may drink water.
- Also, there are certain medications such as opiates, birth control pills, cholinergic medicines, etc. that should be avoided as these can trigger your lipase levels leading to inaccurate results.
What Happens to Your Test Sample?
What do Abnormal Results Indicate?
- The normal range of lipase levels in the human body ranges between 0 and 160 units per liter (U/L). An abnormal result demonstrates that you have higher lipase levels in your blood than normal. There are several diseases including acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, gallstone pancreatitis, peptic ulcers, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal obstruction, and more that are caused due to increased lipase levels in your body. Your doctor may recommend a combination of tests to confirm the test results.
- Individuals who have a family history of the same have a higher chance of suffering from abnormal levels. Do not self-medicate without taking a specialist clinical opinion.
- Disclaimer: It has been advised to always consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
Can I avail at-home sample collection in Park Street, Kolkata?
Yes, you can easily avail of sample collection anywhere in Kolkata for various tests at home through MFine. With a single click, you can book a slot for a test without going anywhere. Your test results will be available for download within 48 hours.
What is the cost of the Lipase Test in Kolkata?
The cost of the tests depends upon different laboratories and the infrastructure used by the laboratories. The charges for the test in Kolkata generally range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,000.
I stay in Delhi. Can I book a Lipase test for my grandfather staying in Kolkata?
Yes, you can easily book a Lipase test for your relatives and old family members living in distant places with the help of MFine.
How can I reschedule my appointment for a Lipase test sample?
You can easily reschedule the appointment for a Lipase test through the MFine app or web service. Both options to reschedule the sample collection date and time is provided.
Is the lab technician coming for a Lipase test sample collection vaccinated?
Yes. Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout by wearing a mask and using sanitizer and gloves during sample collection.
When is a Lipase test recommended?
The lipase test is usually recommended in case your body shows apparent symptoms of pancreatic disorders. These may be diarrhea, nausea, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, etc. Note, once the reports are received, get them examined by an expert only.
Is a prescription required to book a Lipase test?
No, generally it is not required to take a prescription from a doctor to book a Lipase test. Still, it is recommended to consult a doctor before you book a test.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes, MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your reports accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines if required based on the results.
Is the Lipase test definitive?
No, Lipase is not a definitive test. It is used as one of the diagnostic tests for pancreatitis. Lipase levels may also elevate in case of peptic ulcers or any other disease of the pancreas, stomach, or intestines. To confirm the disorder, the doctor sometimes suggests other tests too, so that other conditions can be ruled out.
What other tests are usually recommended along with the Lipase test?
In order to ascertain the underlying cause of increased lipase levels, doctors may recommend Computed Tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, and pancreatic function test.
What diseases can be detected through the Lipase Test?
Some of the possible diseases that can be detected through the lipase test are-
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Chronic Pancreatitis
- Gallstone Pancreatitis
- Peptic ulcers
- Pancreatic cysts
- Pancreatic cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal obstruction
- Acute appendicitis
- Biliary disease
How can I download my Lipase test report?
- Login to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click Attachment and Reports
- Click Lab Report and download the same.