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Normal range: Ascetic & pleural fluids amylase activity are identical to, or slightly less than, serum activity

Comment: Ascetic fluidamylase level is increased in pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction or infraction, strangulated bowel, perforated hollow viscus, biliary tract disease, carcinoma of ovary, ruptured ectopic pregnancy, disseminated secondary neoplasm, peritonitis, pancreatic cyst or pseudocyst. Pleural fluid amylase levels are associated with leakage from the abdominal cavity or the presence of an amylase- producing lung tumor; bronchus, pancreatic or ovarian tumor, rupture of esophagus, perforation of thoracic duct, pulmonary tuberculosis, embolism, or infraction, and congestive heart failure

Sample: Body fluid