R. L. Nandi 1, K. K. Chattopadhyay 2, S. K. Khan 3
1-Department of Pathology, University Hospital, Benghazi. 2-Department of Medicine, Jamahiriya Hospital, Benghazi. 3-Registrar, Eljala Hospital, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.
Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 2, No.2. July 1979: 37-40
Four hundred and nine patients with tumours and selected specific diseases such as infective hepatitis, diabetes mellitus, peptic ulcer, mumps and chronic relapsing pancreatitis, were investigated for serum amylase activity. Serum amylase estimation is of considerable value in the differential diagnosis and prognosis of mumps and tumours around the face. A rise in the level of serum amylase was always present in the first week of illness in cases of mumps. Subnormal or low values were found in the majority cases of diabetis mellitus and in all cases of infective hepatitis. High values were found in peptic ulcer with perforation, and in some tumours of salivaiy glands, prostate, and intestinal tumours above the caecum. Its value in pancreatic diseases is well known. An important point to be borne in mind is that before testing for serum amylase, the clinician should be sure that the patient is not suffering from renal disease or disease of the gall bladder, as in such cases anomalous results may be obtained.
Keywords: Observations on Serum Amylase Levels in Patients with Redundant Tumours and Specific Diseases