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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Elevated amylase levels
For over 2 years I have had an elevated amylase level with stomach distention. When it is real bad, I cannot pass gas, have a bowel movement or burp. I have even had to go to the emergency department a few times. I have had every test done (even invasive ones) and no one can give me diagnosis. Please help me. I look and feel like I`m pregnant because my belly is so distended and it`s putting a lot of pressure on my belly and lungs.
Elevated amylase is a very non-specific test. Of course, you probably know that amylase is from pancrease and as you state you have had every test, so I am sure that has been looked into. Gas/bloating can be sign of gallbladder dysfunction. That is the only thing that comes to mind at this point.
Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University