Why Are My Cat's fPL Test Results Elevated ?

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To see what normal blood and urine values are for your pet, go here

For an explanation of causes of most abnormal blood and urine tests go here

To see how tests are often grouped, go here

Ron Hines DVM PhD

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fPL

aka PLI, Feline Pancreas-specific Lipase Test, Pancreatic Lipase Immunoreactivity

SNAP® fPL™ Test

This is not your pet’s serum lipase level

This test was designed specifically for cats. A similar one, the cPL test was designed for dogs.

Veterinarians have tracked total blood lipase levels in cats for a long time. They knew that the level of that digestive enzyme , necessary to absorb certain fats (triglycerides), often went up in cats when they had pancreatitis. But lipase-like compounds are not only produced in your pet’s pancreas, the pet's liver, adrenal glands and blood vessels also produce some. So a high total blood lipase levels might truly indicate pancreatitis; but they might also indicate intestinal or kidney disease. The fPL (for cats) and the cPL (for dogs) are thought to be better at zeroing in on pancreatic problems. The test is often performed to try to explain the cause of sudden bouts of vomiting, depression and abdominal pain in your cat.

The test is not perfect, but it gives accurate results about 80% of the time.

A recent study found that severe trauma (high-rise syndrome = falling off of balconies or upper story windows) can also cause fPL levels to be abnormally high. (ref)

Complimentary Tests :

CBC/WBC and blood chemistry profile including PCV, TP, glucose and electrolytes, urinalysis, x-ray/ultrasound, FIV /FLV test, T4 if the cat over 6 years old, cobalamin, folate, fecal examination

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