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Stool Elastase

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Also known as: Elastase, stool; Pancreatic Elastase; Fecal Pancreatic Elastase; Human Fecal Elastase-1; FE-1
Formal name: Fecal Elastase-1
Related tests: Chymotrypsin, Fecal Fat

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help detect and evaluate pancreatic insufficiency

When to Get Tested?

When you have signs and symptoms such as stomach cramps, weight loss, malnutrition, malabsorption, delayed growth (in children) and fatty, foul-smelling stools and pancreatic insufficiency is suspected

Sample Required?

A fresh formed stool sample that is not contaminated with urine

Test Preparation Needed?

If you are taking pancreatic enzymes, you may be asked to discontinue them for 5 days prior to stool collection.