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My husbands doctors office called and told him his lipase

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My husband's doctor's office called and told him his lipase was elevated at 125; other results normal. They want to schedule him for a CT of the abdomen w/wo contrast. He has a history of pancreatitis ten years ago. No other symptoms now apart from occasional right flank pain. Naturally, I am concerned about the possibility of pancreatic cancer. Feedback would be appreciated.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

Elevated lipase is more commonly suggestive of acute on chronic pancreatitis.

Mysticdoc :

Pancreatic cancer is not possible to diagnose by the blood test alone.

Mysticdoc :

However, there are tumor markers like CA 19-9

Mysticdoc :

THis can be checked.

Mysticdoc :

Also epigastric pain and weight loss usually present.

Mysticdoc :

CT scan with contrast is the appropriate test.

Customer:

Given the fact that he has no other symptoms and a CT scan one year ago was normal, would pancreatic cancer be unlikely? Two friends of ours were diagnosed with it and passed away; this is why I am concerned.

Mysticdoc :

Understand your concern.

Mysticdoc :

That is indeed unlikely.

Customer:

Okay. Thank you very much.

Mysticdoc :

very welcome

Mysticdoc :

all the best

Mysticdoc :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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