Original Article
January 1972

Plasma Elastolytic Enzyme Activity in Pancreatic Disease

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery and physiology, Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):62-63. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010056014

Forty-eight patients were studied for plasma elastase activity by the fluorometric method with use of elastin-dimethylamino naphtalene sulfonic acid substrate. Plasma elastase levels in patients with chronic pancreatitis and convalescing chronic hospital patients showed no significant difference from those of normal ambulatory adults. Patients with acute pancreatitis demonstrated a decreased plasma elastase level.