Pancreatitis pp 65-101 | Cite as

Diagnosis of Acute Pancreatitis

  • Peter A. Banks
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (PEPE, volume 2)


Alpha amylase is an enzyme that splits the α-1, 4-glycosidic bonds of starch. Its optimal pH is 6.9. Its molecular weight is approximately 50,000. Chloride is required for optimal enzyme activity. Calcium is an integral part of the enzyme.


Salivary Gland Acute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Transverse Colon Serum Amylase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. Banks
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of BostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  4. 4.Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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