A study from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Surgery has identified a urine test that promises to identify acute and chronic pancreatitis.
After evaluating sixty different biomarkers, researchers identified two — citrate and adenosine — that were significant in identifying the disease after validation. Interestingly, the markers could not differentiate between chronic and acute pancreatitis.
The study was limited by the small sample size — 15 total patients, 5 each with acute and chronic pancreatitis and 5 healthy patients. But the authors concluded that larger studies could validate use of a urine test. Given the difficulty of diagnosing the disease without invasive procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound, such a test would be of immense value. (Personally it took about five years for my condition to be diagnosed accurately, during which the condition worsened significantly.)
An abstract of the study, which was published this year, can be found here.