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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Fecal Elastase, Stool

Clinical Significance

Early detection and management of pancreatic insufficiency is essential to optimize health outcomes in patients with known or suspected exocrine pancreatic dysfunction such as cystic fibrosis. The gold standard measures for assessment of pancreatic function are direct pancreatic stimulation tests, which have numerous limitations. Estimation of fecal elastase-1 levels to determine pancreatic function is an attractive alternative and provides useful clinical information. Other complementary tests include: pancreatic amylase and trypsin-like immunoreactivity

Test Name

Fecal Elastase, Stool

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Elastase-1

Test Code

FECEL

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

Immunoassay (ELISA)

Turn Around Time

Bi-weekly

Specimen Type

Random stool

Minimum Specimen Requirements

200 mg

Storage/Transportation

Frozen

Approval is not required

CPT Codes

82656

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

Normal >200 µg/g stool