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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hello, I have a question regarding lipase on my dog's blood chemistry panel. The results on one test showed her lipase was 2400 U/L with a normal range of(###) ###-#### A few weeks later she had another test (at a different vet) and her lipase was 878 U/L with a normal range of 200-700. I'm having trouble telling if her lipase levels actually improved between the two tests since they seem to use different value ranges. Is it possible to tell if her lipase results improved between the first and second visit? Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, no. While lipase used to be used to diagnose pancreatitis, the test is no longer recommended due to poor sensitivity and specificity. Duodenal foreign objects, chronic gastritis, and abdominal carcinomas sometimes cause increased serum lipase activity. The test of choice is now the canine immunoreactive pancreatic lipase (spec CPL). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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