Secretin stimulation test

What is Secretin stimulation test?

Secretin stimulation tests are used to assess the function of the pancreas. Secretin is a hormone released from the small intestine which stimulates the pancreas to release digestive juices which contain enzymes to assist in digestion.

The tests measure the amount of these juices produced in response to Secretin stimulation. The test's results will indicate whether the pancreas is functioning normally or if there is a pancreatic disorder.

Preparation for Secretin Stimulation test

  • Fasting for 8-12 hours is generally required prior to the test.
  • Patients should be advised to abstain from taking any medications prior to the test.
  • It is advisable to inform your doctor of any previous abdominal or digestion related problems.

Procedure for Secretin Stimulation test

The procedure for Secretin Stimulation test is usually performed by a physician in an outpatient setting and usually takes about an hour.

  • The patient is required to lie still on a bed while the doctor inserts a cannula in the vein via a needle.
  • Once the cannula is securely in place, a small amount of Secretin hormone is injected into the vein.
  • The patient is monitored closely for any signs of abdominal discomfort.
  • A sample of patient’s blood is taken and sent for testing to measure the amount of enzymes present.

Types of Secretin Stimulation Tests

  • Endoscopy-Secretin stimulation
  • Fluoroscopic-Secretin stimulation
  • Mixed- Secretin stimulation
  • Ultrasound- Secretin stimulation

Risks of Secretin Stimulation Test

The risks associated with Secretin stimulation test are rare. The usual risks associated with the test are pain and slight bleeding due to the insertion of the cannula. In rare cases, patients may suffer from a severe allergic reaction.

Why is Secretin Stimulation Test performed?

Secretin stimulation tests are used to diagnose pancreatic disorders, particularly when the patient is experiencing abdominal pain or digestive problems. The test allows the doctor to measure the amount of enzymes produced by the pancreas in response toSecretin stimulation. The test results can then be used torule out or confirm a diagnosis of pancreatic disease or disorder.

When is Secretin Stimulation Test suggested?

Secretin stimulation tests may be recommended by a physician when the patient is experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, or other digestive issues. Thetest may also be suggestedif the patient has a known pancreatic disorder or a family history of pancreatic disease.