Lipase CPT: 83690

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1 day

Specimen Requirements


Serum (preferred) or plasma.


1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL


Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, or green-top (heparin) tube.


Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements

Temperature Period
Room Temperature 7 days
Refrigerated 3 weeks
Frozen 5 months
Freeze/thaw/ cycles Stable x 3

Patient Information

Primarily to diagnose and monitor acute pancreatitis; also sometimes to diagnose and monitor chronic pancreatitis or other pancreatic diseases.

When you have symptoms of a pancreatic disorder, such as severe abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, or nausea.

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.

Your healthcare practitioner might instruct you to stop eating or drinking everything but water for 8 to 12 hours before the test. Alert your healthcare practitioner to all medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbs that you are taking.