Lab Test

Pancreatic Fluid Chemical Tests

Fluid Pancreatic

Test Codes

Amylase, Pancreatic Fluid: EPIC: LAB6930, SOFT: AMYPN, CA 19-9, Pancreatic Fluid: EPIC: LAB6957, SOFT: C19PN, CEA, Pancreatic Fluid: EPIC: LAB6961, SOFT: CEAPN,

Note: Royal Oak is the ONLY campus that performs the CA 19-9, Pancreatic Fluid.


  • Pancreatic Fluid Chemical testing is available for the following analytes: Amylase, CA 19-9, and CEA. This testing is not a panel and analytes are ordered individually. Please refer to the Lab Test Directory for testing of other analytes and fluid types.
  • Testing of fluid analytes or sources not listed in the Lab Test Directory must be approved by a Medical Director. Please contact the Laboratory for more information.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Body fluid in a sterile collection container or Vacutainer® tube without additive. (Minimum: 1.0 mL)

Send specimen for processing immediately after collection.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Maintain specimen refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) prior to transport. Room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) is acceptable for a maximum of two hours.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Body fluid in a sterile collection container or Vacutainer® tube, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 1.0 mL)

Rejection Criteria

Specimens grossly contaminated with blood.

Specimens collected in a container or tube with an additive.

In-Lab Processing

Before chemistry testing, centrifuge to remove cellular material.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 2 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Undetermined

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 30 days


Farmington Hills Chemistry Laboratory
Grosse Pointe Chemistry Laboratory
Royal Oak Automated Chemistry Laboratory


Sunday – Saturday, 24 hours a day.
Results available within 4 hours of hours of receipt in the Laboratory.

Reference Range

Reference ranges have not been established.

Test Methodology

  • Chemiluminescence Immunoassay: CA 19-9, CEA.
  • Spectrophotometry: Amylase.


  • Pancreatic pseudocysts generally contain significantly elevated amylase (e.g. greater than 250 IU/L), whereas mucinous and serous cysts and adenocarcinoma usually have lower concentrations.
  • The higher the CEA concentration the more likely a cyst is a mucinous cyst with increased likelihood of malignancy. CEA greater than 200 ng/mL is very suggestive but not diagnostic of a mucinous cyst. Much lower CEA concentrations are usually seen with non-mucinous cysts. Results should be used in conjunction with clinical information, imaging studies, cytology, and pancreatic cyst tumor markers.
  • CA 19-9 concentrations less than or equal to 37 U/mL indicate a low risk for a mucinous cyst, and are more consistent with serous cystadenoma or pseudocyst. However, very low concentrations should be viewed with caution since CA 19-9 is a modified Lewis(a) blood group antigen and may not be produced by Lewis non-secretors.

Clinical Utility

Testing is used to determine whether a pancreatic cyst is likely to be benign or malignant. However, these results cannot be used in isolation and should be used in conjunction with clinical information, imaging studies, and cytology.


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CPT Codes

82150 (Amylase), 86301 (CA 19-9), 82378 (CEA).


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This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the
Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.