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Pancreatic elastase

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 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.

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