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Acute pancreatitis is normally diagnosed if at least 2 of the following are found:
High levels (3 times higher than the upper normal limit) of amylase and/or lipase in the blood (137 U/L amylase and 70 U/L lipase).
Alteration of pancreatic morphology, seen in imaging tests.
Chronic pancreatitis is diagnosed from compatible symptoms (abdominal pain); pancreatic morphological changes (e.g. calcifications, pancreatic atrophy or ductal dilatation) seen from imaging studies and, occasionally, pathological evidence in the biopsy or in the pancreatic surgical specimen.
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