Days Set Up
Analytic Time

3 - 10 days

MiChart Code
Pancreatic Elastase, Stool
Soft Order Code

Update Type: Test Down or Delayed

Test Updated: 10/28/2020


Trypsinogen, Stool
Stool, Trypsin
Fecal Trypsin
Pancreatic Elastase, Stool
Elastase, Stool

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Pancreatic elastase (PE) is not degraded during intestinal transit and the concentration of PE in a stool sample reflects exocrine pancreatic function. This assay allows the diagnosis or exclusion of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, which can be caused by chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, pancreatic tumor, cholelithiasis or diabetes mellitus.

Reference Range

Normal: >200 mcg Elastase/g; Moderate to slight exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: 100 - 200 mcg/g Elastase; Severe exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: <100 mcg Elastase/g.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect random stool specimen and freeze. Pancreatic enzyme supplementation therapy should be discontinued prior to sample collection.

100ml Plastic Specimen Container
Normal Volume
1 gram stool
Minimum Volume

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