Lipase is a pancreatic enzyme converts fats and triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol. Elevated lipase levels occur in pancreatic disorders; elevations may not occur until 24 to 36 hours after the onset of illness and may remain elevated for up to 14 days.

Normal Lab Values for Lipase

  • 10 to 140 units/L

Nursing Consideration

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may increase lipase activity.