Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test measures the level of elastase in your stool. Elastase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas that helps digest fats.
The purpose of an elastase stool test is to help diagnose pancreatic insufficiency, a condition in which the pancreas does not produce enough enzymes to properly digest food. The test may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for pancreatic insufficiency or to assess the presence of other gastrointestinal problems.
To prepare for a pancreatic elastase stool test, you should follow your healthcare provider’s instructions. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications or to avoid eating or drinking certain foods or beverages before the test.
The procedure for an elastase stool test involves collecting a small sample of stool in a special container. The sample is then sent to a laboratory, where it is analyzed to determine the level of elastase present.
The normal range for stool elastase levels varies depending on the specific method used to measure the enzyme. Generally, a level of at least 200 micrograms per gram (mcg/g) is considered normal. Lower levels may indicate pancreatic insufficiency or other problems with fat digestion.
There are minimal risks associated with a pancreatic elastase stool test. The most common risk is discomfort or embarrassment related to collecting the sample. However, serious complications are rare. If you have any concerns about the test, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider.