Elastase, Fecal


Sunquest Code:ELASF  
Epic Code:LAB8156Epic Name:Elastase, Fecal
Synonyms:Pancreatic Elastase 1
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
Turnaround Time:Performed twice a week.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Feces, random
Optimal Volume:5 g
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 g
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Patient Preparation:Interruption of enzyme substitution therapy recommended in order to avoid the possibility of cross-reaction with porcine enzymes.
Causes for Rejection:Stool in media or preservative. Swabs.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Freeze upon receipt (preferred).
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Stability:1 week refrigerated; 1 year frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Specialty Core  (UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:
200 µg/g or greater Normal
100 - 199 µg/g Moderate to mild exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
Less than 100 µg/g Severe exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
 
Use:Screen for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency


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