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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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 unchanged in 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 levels 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 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:

What is pancreatic elastase?

Pancreatic elastase is a digestive enzyme produced in the pancreas and excreted into the small intestine to aid in the digestion of proteins.

Why is measuring pancreatic elastase important?

Measuring pancreatic elastase provides valuable information about the production of digestive enzymes in the pancreas, which is crucial for proper digestion.

Who should consider taking the Pancreatic Elastase Test?

The Pancreatic Elastase Test is recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms suggestive of pancreatic dysfunction, such as abdominal pain, steatorrhea (fatty stools), unexplained weight loss, or digestive problems.

What does a decreased elastase concentration indicate?

A decreased elastase concentration in stool indicates a disruption in exocrine pancreatic function. This could be due to conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency, or cystic fibrosis.

Can lifestyle changes help improve pancreatic function?

In some cases, adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and avoiding alcohol and tobacco, may help support pancreatic function. However, individual recommendations should be discussed with your healthcare provider based on the specific underlying condition.

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