Table 2

Estimation of faecal elastase 1 and faecal chymotrypsin in patients with compensated (no steatorrhoea) and decompensated (steatorrhoea) exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Abnormal faecal chymotrypsin
Number Abnormal faecal elastase 1 (<200 μg/g stool) <3 U/g stool <6 U/g stool
Steatorrhoea
Absent197  (37)3  (16)7  (37)
Present11 9 (82)3-150 8 (73) 10 (91)
  • Values in parentheses are percentages.

  • 3-150 p=0.03, p=0.004, p=0.03.