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The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency and degree of elevated serum levels of Total Amylase (TA), Pancreatic Amylase (PA), and Lipase (L) activity in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) on conservative therapy; CRF on periodical hemodialysis (HD); in renal transplant (RT) and in a control Group (C). Mean values were significantly higher in all groups than Group C for TA (p < 0.005), PA (p < 0.0001) and L (p < 0.0001). A statistically significant correlation was found between TA and L vs creatininemia values in CRF patients, but only up to a certain level (creatininemia < 6 mg %) (p < 0.03 and p < 0.05), above which there was no correlation. The enzyme most frequently over the maximum normal limit was PA, both in the total CRF group (51%), in the hemodialysis patients (65%), and in the RT patients (55%); but only a few patients had values two times higher than the normal limits: 15% in the total CRF, 14% is the hemodialysis, and 10% in the RT groups, respectively. These results suggest that the increase in serum pancreatic enzyme during chronic renal pathology is slight but frequently occurs. It is possible that in these patients together with the renal excretion impairment there could also be some subclinical pancreatic damage; its genesis could also depend on the pharmacological treatment used (diuretics, immunosuppressive drugs) commonly adopted in these pathologies.

Original publication




Journal article


International journal of pancreatology : official journal of the International Association of Pancreatology

Publication Date





211 - 217


Cattedra di Patologia Medica II, Universitá di Palermo, Italy.


Pancreas, Humans, Kidney Failure, Chronic, Creatinine, Lipase, Amylases, Renal Dialysis, Kidney Transplantation, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male