Are there any indications to trend lipase prior to cholecystectomy?

Bottom line: No recommendations or evidence exist that recommend trending lipase prior to a cholecystectomy.
Summary: Conducted searches of DynaMed, PubMed, Embase, and AccessMedicine. Lipase level is unrelated to severity of pancreatitis (See Acute Pancreatitis > Diagnosis > Blood Tests > Lipase. In: DynaMed). One study found that trends for the period from admission to operation for lipase did not have a statistically significant impact upon rates of conversion from laparscopic chlecystctomy to open cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis (JSLS. 1999 Apr-Jun; 3(2): 127–130).

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I have been a Clinical Informationist (aka Medical Librarian) for Emory University since September 2013. Prior to that, I was a Medical Librarian for Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) from March 2007 to August 2013 and served its DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Caylor School of Nursing, and allied health programs. From January 2002 - March 2007, I served the Medical Assisting (MA), Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technologist, and Nursing programs at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. I graduated from The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences with a Master of Science degree in December 2000.
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