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<br>Diagnosed with Pancreatitis, variation in blood test. Can a menstrual cycle cause your lipase levels to go up?<br>

My niece is 13 and has been in the hospital for 8 days now. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis after her levels went from 600 to 700 to 1575. Her levels dropped to 1525 on day 6 and back up to 1610 on day 7. Today is day 8 and they have gone down to 1400. My question is. Can a menstrual cycle cause your lipase levels to go up? She was on her cycle for the 1st 6 days of her hospitalization. She was done with it on day 7 when they went back up though. She has had stomach pains for 3 months now and been in & out of the ER. Is it pancreatitis, or just menstrual cramping?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
What about amylase test?
It is not common that such lipase level elevation is related to menstruation or any other organ but pancreas or bowels. You should focu on these to and rule out any serious disease. In pancreattis lipase level varies during the day and this is nothing strange. Some abdominal partial or temporary bowel obstruction or gallbladder problems can cause lipase level elevation as well. I would do further tests,imaging and lab to find is there any particular cause of it.
Wish you good health.
Answered: Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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