Address: for Samples: 
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,
Pathology Department, Dudley Road,
Birmingham, B18 7QH
Laboratory Tel: 0121 507 5345
The pancreas has both exocrine and endocrine functions. The exocrine function involves production and secretion of various enzymes essential for normal
digestion, including trypsin, chymotrypsin, lipase, amylase and pancreatic elastase. Loss of exocrine pancreatic function leads to maldigestion and
malabsorption, and is seen in conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, coeliac disease, pancreatic cancer and cystic fibrosis.
Unlike other pancreatic enzymes, pancreatic elastase is stable during intestinal passage and can be detected in the faeces. Levels of faecal elastase have
been shown to correlate well with other direct and indirect tests of pancreatic function, and so the faecal elastase test is a simple, non-invasive test for the
investigation of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. The assay is highly specific for the human isoform, and it is not affected by previous gastrointestinal
surgery, gastric dysmotility or mucosal disease of the small intestine. Furthermore, pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy with pancreatin (e.g. Creon,
Pancrex, Nutrizyme, Pancrease) does not interfere with the faecal elastase measurement.
Our laboratory offers analysis of faecal elastase for the assessment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. We analyse samples from laboratories across the UK
and we also accept referrals from outside the UK. Our standard turn-around time is 3 working day and we are able to provide electronic reporting via email
or NPEx. For clinical advice and interpretation of results the laboratory can be contacted directly.
Preferred Sample Type
Faecal Elastase-1 Test of Exocrine Pancreatic
Page last updated: 03 January 2024
    Next review date: 03 January 2025
 Faecal Elastase
Sample type & storage requirements
 A forned random stool. Store at 4 degrees Celsius prior to dispatch
Posting details
 First class post
Cost & turn round time
 £40.50 TAT within  3 working days
For further information
 Contact the laboratory on 0121 507 5345
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detailed information
about our assay including
reference ranges.
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