The normal values listed here—called a reference range—are just a guide. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what’s normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses. Also, your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. This means that a value that falls outside the normal values listed here may still be normal for you or your lab.
|Adults age 60 and younger:|
|Adults older than age 60:||
18–180 units per liter (U/L) or 0.30–3.0 mckat/L
A high lipase level may be caused by:
- Diseases of the Reference pancreas Opens New Window, such as Reference pancreatitis Opens New Window or cancer of the pancreas.
- Problems with the gallbladder, such as Reference gallstones Opens New Window and inflammation (Reference cholecystitis Opens New Window).
- Reference Chronic kidney disease Opens New Window.
- Problems with the intestines, such as bowel blockage (Reference obstruction Opens New Window) or tissue death (infarction).
- Infection, inflammation, or cancer of a salivary gland.
- Reference Peptic ulcer disease Opens New Window.
- Reference Primary biliary cirrhosis.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 8, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology