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Pancreatic elastase

Category Biochemistry
Test background

Elastase is unaffected by intestinal passage, so faecal concentrations (which are 5-fold greater than in pancreatic juice) more accurately reflect the amount of enzyme secreted from the pancreas and consequently serve as a means of assessing pancreatic function.

Clinical Indications

Investigation of malabsorption due to exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

Reference range

See report

Sample & container required Faecal sample in universal container
Sample volume 5 g
Turnaround time Up to 6 weeks

Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test. Can get transient low values during enteric viral infection, suggest repeat in 2 weeks.