Enzymatic, colorimetric assay for the quantitative determination of α-amylase in human serum and urine.
Clinical details: 
Two types of α-amylases can be distinguished, the pancreatic type (P-type) and the salivary type (S-type). Whereas the P-type can be attributed almost exclusively to the pancreas and is therefore organ-specific, the S-type can originate from a number of sites. As well as appearing in the salivary glands it can also be found in tears, sweat, human milk, amniotic fluid, the lungs, testes and the epithelium of the fallopian tube.
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See Chemistry Reference Ranges Document at Automated Chemistry Laboratory at Guy's and St Thomas'

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Turnaround time: 
1 day
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Blood Sciences Department-Guy's And St Thomas' Hospital
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Last updated: 08/11/2021