Pancreatic Elastase, Fecal

CPT Code(s):


Specimen Requirements:

  • Container- Para Pak Collection containers: Please submit all 4 (preferred)
  • Specimen Type- Stool
  • Storage/stability – Refrigerated (2 – 8°C): 14 days
  • Epic order code: Lab979


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 Values:

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