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What is an amylase blood test?

An amylase blood test measures the amount of amylase in a person's blood. Abnormal levels of amylase may indicate pancreatitis or another problem with the pancreas. Amylase is a digestive enzyme that helps the body break down carbohydrates.…

11 causes of swollen ankles

There are many different causes of swollen ankles. In most cases, swelling is due to injury or edema. The term edema means swelling due to the accumulation of excess fluid. It is particularly common in the lower leg, ankles, and feet. In…

What to know about contusions

The medical term for a bruise is a contusion. Injuries to bones, muscles, and the tissue just under the skin can cause bruises. The eyes and mouth, as well as internal organs such as the lungs, can also bruise. Bruises are a type of…

What to know about hypokalemia

Hypokalemia describes a person having too little potassium in their blood. If it is severe, it can lead to muscle weakness, which can have many health consequences. The cause is usually a person's body excreting too much potassium.…

Everything you need to know about basophils

Basophils are white blood cells from the bone marrow that play a role in keeping the immune system functioning correctly. Doctors may order basophil level tests to help diagnose certain health problems. If basophil levels are low, this may…

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