Diagnostic value of four assays for lipase determination in serum: A comparative reevaluation

Mauro Panteghini, Franca Pagani, Roberto Bonora, Olga Alebardi, Ferruccio Ceriotti

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We assessed the diagnostic value of four commercially available methods for determining pancreatic lipase (LPS) in serum (the turbidimetric procedure from Boehringer, two enzymatic approaches from Kodak and Poli, and an immunochemical assay) in a population of 46 hospitalized patients with acute abdominal pain. In 31 cases (67.4%), the final diagnosis was acute pancreatitis. When evaluated by means of receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves, no significant differences were found among the procedures. Concerning clinical efficiency, all the assays had values equal to or greater than 90%. Using the calculation of the overlap index (OI) as a statistical approach to quantify the clinical utility of various LPS assays, the test having the greatest potential for differentiating between patients with and without acute pancreatitis was the turbidimetric assay (OI = 0.14).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • acute abdominal pain
  • acute pancreatitis
  • decision-threshold values
  • diagnostic efficiency
  • emergency procedure
  • pancreatic lipase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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