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.
Last Revised: April 8, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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