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How is a fecal elastase test used to diagnose EPI?

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You’ll give your doctor a solid stool sample. The lab will check it for an enzyme your pancreas makes to help your body digest protein, called elastase. If you have EPI, the amount might be less concentrated than normal.

From: Why Is EPI Hard to Diagnose? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Disease and Conditions, Fecal elastase test.”

Dominguez-Munoz, J. , June 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency,” “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

Medscape: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Clinical Presentation,” “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Seen but Not Recognized?”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Trypsinogen (blood).”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography/Pancreatography (MRCP).”

The Pancreas Center: “Non-Invasive Tests.”

FARE: “Shellfish.”

St. Michael’s: “Medical Imagine: CT (CAT) Scan.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Disease and Conditions, Fecal elastase test.”

Dominguez-Munoz, J. , June 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency,” “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

Medscape: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Clinical Presentation,” “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Seen but Not Recognized?”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Trypsinogen (blood).”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography/Pancreatography (MRCP).”

The Pancreas Center: “Non-Invasive Tests.”

FARE: “Shellfish.”

St. Michael’s: “Medical Imagine: CT (CAT) Scan.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

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