DAVID HUMINER, M.D.; SILVIO D. PITLIK, M.D.
To the editor: In 1985 we examined 13 newly arrived Ethiopian immigrants to Israel who were very ill on arrival. These patients came from a tropical area and most were affected by famine and had severe malnutrition and many infectious diseases(1).
A striking laboratory finding was noted: 9 of the 13 patients had hyperamylasemia (greater than 324 U/L, Phadebas method) in blood samples taken shortly after refeeding. Six patients also had hyperamylasuria (less than 2000 U/L, Phadebas method). Isoenzyme analysis showed isolated elevation of pancreatic or salivary isoamylase activity in 3 patients, and of both isoenzymes in 2 other patients.
HUMINER D, PITLIK SD. Hyperamylasemia in Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel. Ann Intern Med. ;106:910. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-910_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):910.
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