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Fecal Elastase, stool

Alternate test name

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - General
Method and equipment
Method:CLIA (chemiluminescence immunoassay)
Equipment:  Diasorin Liaison XL
Expected turn-around time
7 days
Specimen type

Random stool

Specimen requirements

10 grams

Storage and transportation
  • Store and transport frozen.
  • Avoid freeze/thaw cycles.
Special requirements
  • collect/store/transport in clean urine collection container.
  • do not send in fecal fat collection containers
  • do not send in containers with transport media
Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and 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. 

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