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Pancreatic Elastase

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code ELAS
Performed by ARUP
Sendout? Yes
Method Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Container type Clean collection container
Amount to Collect 5 g stool
Sample type Stool
Preferred volume 5 g
Min. Volume 1 g
Processing notes Freeze sample. Transport to CB frozen. Order ARUP test code 0080526.

Cannot be shared with other tests.
Ref Lab Rejection Criteria Stool in media or preservative. Swabs.
Units µg/g stool
Normal range
Normal > 200 µg/g stool
Slight to Moderate insufficiency 100-200 µg/g stool
Severe insufficiency < 100 µg/g stool
Synonyms Fecal Elastase
Stability Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year
Turn around times 2-5 days
Additional information Pancreatic elastase can be decreased in a variety of diseases resulting in pancreatic insufficiency. Decreases are most often seen in acute and chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes mellitus.

Reference values from: Loser C, Mollgaard A, Folsch UR. 1996. Fecal elastase 1: A novel, highly sensitive, and specific tubeless pancreatic function test. Gut. 39(4):580-586.
CPT coding 83520
LOINC code 25907-7
Last Updated 9/8/2017 5:11:48 PM
Entry Number 703
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