Lipase : 606

Test Code
LIPAAU or 606

CPT Codes

Note: N-acetyl-p-benzoquinone imine (NAPQI) (metabolite of acetaminophen) will generate erroneously low results in samples for patients that have taken toxic doses of acetaminophen. 

Transport Container
Preferred Specimen
1 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Transport Temperature
Room temperature.

Specimen Stability
Roon temperature: 8 days; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: 31 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Grossly icteric


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1 day

The assay manufacturer Beckman Coulter advises: "N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), when administered in therapeutic concentrations (for the treatment of acetaminophen overdose), has been...determined to interfere with assays for...cholesterol, uric acid" where "NAC interference may lead to falsely low results." According to Beckman Coulter, the NAC interference should be insignificant by 12 hours after completion of the initial loading dose of an IV infusion treatment regimen consisting of an initial loading dose of 150 mg/kg administered over 1 hour, a second dose of 50 mg/kg administered over 4 hours and a third dose of 100 mg/kg administered over 16 hours.

Reference Range
7-60 U/L

Clinical Significance
Confirmatory evidence for diagnosis of pancreatitis.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

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