Testing Procedures

Disorders of the pancreas have, in the past, been very frustrating because the diagnosis was often made late in the course of the disease and no significantly beneficial interventions were available. This situation is rapidly changing as new insights from multiple perspectives are integrated and focused on each step of this complex processes.

Major Types of Testing

Physicians who take care of pancreatic diseases generally do 3 different types of testing.

  • Anatomic testing – including ERCP, CT, MRI/MRCP or EUS
  • Function testing – including direct testing, stool tests, blood tests
  • Genetic testing – including PRSS1, SPINK1, CFTR, CTRC, CLDN2, SBDS, CEL etc (see ARIEL Precision Medicine)
  • Nutrition – including weight, blood test for protein and vitamins

See the links to the LEFT to learn more about these test.