Pancreatic Elastase, Fecal

Sunquest Code:PANELF  
Epic Code:LAB6816Epic Name:Pancreatic Elastase Fecal
Synonyms:Pancreatic Elastase 1; Stool Elastase; Elastase
CPT Code:83520
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1-4 days.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Feces, random
Optimal Volume:5 g
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 g
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:Samples are stable for 1 week at room temperature or refrigerated; and 1 year frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:80526


Reference Range:
Greater than 200 µg/g Normal
100-200 µg/g Moderate to mild exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
Less than 100 µg/g Severe exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
 Reference range does not apply for infants less than one month old.  
Use:Screen for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

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