What causes elevated lipase levels in a 64 year old woman?
Other conditions may also cause raised levels of Lipase.
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I have gone through your case and want to add that sometimes elevated Lipase levels are seen in conditions other than pancreatic infections.
There is a difference in pattern of rise and fall of levels of Lipase in pancreatic and non-pancreatic causes.
In Pancreatic infections, the Lipase levels rise quickly and falls in a week or two. But in other conditions the levels don't rise so much as in pancreatic infections and also they don't fall so quickly. Rather they remain constant for longer time periods.
In kidney disease the levels may rise as there is less clearance from blood. Other conditions related to raised Lipases are:-
Inflammation of salivary glands, gallbladder.
Obstruction of the intestines.
Ulcers of stomach and Small intestine.
Arm pain may be related to wear and tear to the rotator cuff and needs evaluation by an Orthopedist.
Hydronephrosis indicates some damaging pathology of the kidney. Nephrologist consultation is needed. He will need to rule it out for better insight and management.
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