Human Pancreatic Faecal Elastase-1


Our assay for Human Faecal Pancreatic Elastase-1 is performed on our own patients to check for chronic pancreatitis. We are also able to offer this test to other hospitals.

We have been researching improvements in the performance of the test and are also involved with a clinical study looking at patients diagnosed some time ago to check that they should be on supplements. The results of this work now mean that we can give a result on samples that previously we needed to ask for repeat samples for.


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 Human Pancreatic Faecal Elastase-1


Clinical Biochemistry, City Hospital Birmingham

Specimen Type:

A formed random stool sample in a blue capped stool container


If samples have to be stored prior to dispatch, please keep at 4oC

Posting Details:

First class post

Posting Address:

Department of Clinical Biochemistry, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH

Clinical Use:

The non invasive assessment of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. Human Feacal Pancreatic Elastase has been shown to correlate well with more invasive 'tube' and 'tubeless' tests of exocrine pancreatic function such as the Secretin Pancreozymin test and the Pancreolauryl test. Pancreatic elastase is also gaining an increasing role in the assessment of cystic fibrosis patients.


An advantage of pancreatic elastase over pancreatic enzymes such as trypsin, chymotrypsin or amylase is that administration of bovine or porcine pancreatic supplements do not interfere with the test.

Special Details:

Low elastase levels in very wet samples require confirmation on a formed sample to confirm pancreatic exocrine insufficiency.


3 working days or less



External QA Scheme:

Sample sharing

CPA Accredited Lab/Test:

Full Accreditation


Tel:0121 507 5025










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