Pancreatic Elastase, Fecal

CPT: 82653
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  • Elastase, Pancreatic

Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 6 days

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Specimen Requirements


Stool (unpreserved, random)


3 g

Minimum Volume

1 g (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Screw-capped plastic vial


Do not contaminate outside of container. Do not overfill container. Do not use a preservative.

Storage Instructions

Specimens should be transported refrigerated (ice packs) or frozen if transport temperature is expected to exceed 40°C (104°F).

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

14 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Patient Preparation

This assay does not measure the substituted enzyme (Pancreatin) and, therefore, it is not necessary to stop medication before taking a sample.

Causes for Rejection

Serum or plasma received; stool contaminated with urine; preserved stool received

Test Details


Can be used for the diagnosis or the exclusion of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which may be associated with chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, carcinoma of the pancreas, diabetes mellitus type 1 (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, and other etiologies of pancreatic insufficiency.


Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based upon a monoclonal antibody-based detection system specific for pancreatic elastase-1 (PEL-1)

Reference Interval

• Normal: >200 μg elastase/g fecal material

• Moderate pancreatic insufficiency: 100−200 μg elastase/g fecal material

• Severe pancreatic insufficiency: <100 μg elastase/g fecal material

Additional Information

The polyclonal antibodies used in this assay are specifically directed against defined sequences of the human pancreatic elastase molecule. The enzyme stability is remarkably high despite its proteolytic activity, as elastase is found in feces in about a sixfold concentration as in pancreatic fluid. The determination of enzyme concentration in feces reflects the exocrine secretory capacity of the pancreas.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
123234 Pancreatic Elastase, Fecal 25907-7 123236 Pancreatic Elastase, Fecal ug Elast./g 25907-7

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