Pancreatic Elastase Test – Home-to-lab test – Verisana Lab

Pancreatic Elastase Test

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Our Pancreatic Elastase Test gives you information about your exocrine pancreatic function to determine a predominant exocrine disruption of the organ. Decreased elastase concentration in stool can indicate pancreatic insufficiency or cystic fibrosis.
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  • Sample collection guide
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Details
Who should take the test?

Elastase is a digestive enzyme formed in the pancreas and excreted into the small intestine. Its measurement provides information about the production of digestive enzymes in the pancreas.

Since the pancreatic elastase is excreted unchangedely with stool, it is diagnostically well suited for the assessment of the exocrine pancreatic function. Decreased elastase concentration in stool indicates exocrine disruption of the organ such as chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency or cystic fibrosis.

The test analyzes the values of the following analytes:

  • Pancreatic elastase

Our Pancreatic Elastase Test gives you information about your exocrine pancreatic function to determine a predominant exocrine disruption of the organ.

How does it work?

You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each analyte and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether your are in the “green” (=normal/healthy) or “red” (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.

What will my results tell me?

Your results will provide detailed information about whether your pancreatic elastase level is normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by phone at +44 (0)20 3286 6316 or mail at contact@verisana.co.uk.

Test measures
For the Pancreatic Elastase Test we analyse:
  • Pancreatic elastase
Pancreatic elastase

Pancreatic elastase is formed in the pancreas. Elastases form a subfamily of serine proteases that hydrolyze many proteins in addition to elastin. Pancreatic elastase is initially formed as an inactive proenzyme. After exocrine excretion into the small intestine, the proenzyme is splitted by trypsin and thereby converted into the active enzyme elastase, which is involved in protein digestion. Since the pancreatic elastase is excreted unchangedely with stool, it is diagnostically well suited for the assessment of the exocrine pancreatic function. Decreased elastase concentration in stool indicates exocrine disruption of the organ, e.g. chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency or cystic fibrosis.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Pancreatic Elastase Test is suitable for:
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Cystic fibrosis
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

 

Please download the instructions here

Sample report
The sample report

Below you will find the sample report for the Pancreatic Elastase Test.

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Any Questions?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this test. Your question is missing? Please contact us at:

How long can you store or use stool samples?

Stool samples need to be analyzed as soon as possible after collection, as they only last for a couple of days. To ensure that, please make sure to collect the samples on a monday and post them the same day. You can keep them in the refrigerator on that day until they are shipped (do not freeze). We check the collection date of every sample arriving, making sure the sample is not too old. If, for some reason, the shipping took longer than expected and the sample is too old to ensure correct results, we will contact you immediately and send you a new test kit.

Does my health insurance company cover my test?

Unfortunately, Verisana is not contracted with any insurance companies right now. Therefore most health insurance companies won’t cover our tests. It depends however on the individual company, as some do cover at-home health tests as well. Since our tests don’t require an office visit, the end price is typically lower than out-of-pocket costs you would usually have with such office-lab tests.

Can you check with my insurance company to find out whether they cover your tests?

No, unfortunately not. As every insurance policy is unique, it’s always best to talk to your insurance company directly to learn more about which test falls under your insurance coverage.

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