Amylase CPT: 82150

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1 day

Specimen Requirements




1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL


Serum gel, Red-top tube.


Collection Instructions: 

1. Serum gel tubes should be centrifuged within 2 hours of collection.

2. Red-top tubes should be centrifuged and the serum aliquoted within 2 hours of collection.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements

Temperature Period
Room TemperatureNot recommended
Refrigerated7 days
Frozen4 weeks
Freeze/thaw/ cycles Do not freeze

Patient Information

To help diagnose one cause of anemia or neuropathy; to evaluate nutritional status in some people; to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.

When you have abnormal results on a complete blood count (CBC) with a blood smear showing large red blood cells (macrocytosis) or abnormal (hypersegmented) neutrophils; when you have symptoms of anemia (weakness, tiredness, pale skin) and/or of neuropathy (tingling or itching sensations, eye twitching, memory loss, altered mental status); when you are being treated for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.

Biotin found in certain dietary supplements may interfere with testing. Certain medicines, such as cholchicine, neomycin, para-aminosalicylic acid, and phenytoin, may affect the test results; your healthcare provider will advise you on which ones to stop taking. Ask your healthcare practitioner or lab for specific instructions.