Did anyone have high levels of these before diagnosis?
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I had a very level of lipase when I began exhibiting early signs of pancreatic issues. In a metabolic panel blood draw six weeks ago my Lipase was 2256 U/L. Normal range is 7-60 U/l. Presumably this very high level was caused by the occlusion (blockage) of my distal common bile duct caused by the presence of a small tumor at the head of my pancreas that impinged on common bile duct. Not much bile or enzymes were getting delivered into the duodenum. Hope this helps.
…. very "high" level of lipase….
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What were your symptoms with very high-level of lipase?
Did you experience a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, steatorrhea, or a change in color?
Signs and symptoms included a bit of diarrhea, constant steatorrhea, stool color much lighter than usual, intermittant upper abdominal pain, some high back pain, very dark colored urine. I had a small diameter temporary plastic stent placed in my lower common bile duct that improved things initially, but slowly became occluded. One week ago it was replaced with a much larger diameter, uncovered, metal mesh stent as I begin chemotherapy. Over the course of several days, the larger stent resulted in my urine color to return to normal color and fecal color to return to near normal without diahrrea or steatorrhea. Now I have a few days of respite before my first chemo infusion. Let the games begin! Bring it!
@countiss88, how are you doing? Did you find out more about the cause of your high levels of lipase and amylase enzymes?
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