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Test ID: HPKM    
Hereditary Pancreatitis, Known Mutation

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Confirming the diagnosis of hereditary pancreatitis in patients with chronic pancreatitis who also have a family member with a documented PRSS1 gene mutation


Screening of at-risk individuals when a mutation has been identified in an affected family member

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct test or proper submission of the test request

Documentation of the specific familial mutation must be provided with the specimen in order to perform this test.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Hereditary pancreatitis (HP) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder, with approximately 80% penetrance. HP is characterized by early onset of acute pancreatitis during childhood or early adolescence. The acute pancreatitis in these patients generally progresses to chronic pancreatitis by adulthood and can eventually lead to both exocrine and endocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Patients with HP are also at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Studies have estimated the lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer to be as high as 40%.


HP cannot be clinically distinguished from other forms of pancreatitis. However, PRSS1 mutations are generally restricted to individuals with a family history of pancreatitis. PRSS1 mutations are infrequently found in patients with alcohol-induced and tropical pancreatitis.  


The protease serine 1 or cationic trypsinogen (PRSS1) gene is located on chromosome 7. It has been reported that as many as 80% of patients with symptomatic hereditary pancreatitis have a causative PRSS1 mutation. Although several mutations have been identified, the Arg122His (R122H), Asn29Ile (N29I), and Ala16Val (A16V) mutations have been identified as the primary causative defects in HP. The phenotype of patients with these 3 mutations is quite similar, sharing many clinical features, though there are some differences. Data suggests that the R122H mutation results in more severe disease and earlier onset of symptoms, while the A16V mutation has reduced penetrance. Although these 3 alterations account for >90% of mutations detected in the cationic trypsinogen gene, the inability to identify mutations in approximately 20% of families with HP suggests the possible involvement of other loci or unidentified mutations in the cationic trypsinogen gene.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

An interpretive report will be provided.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

The identification of a disease-causing mutation in an affected family member is necessary before predictive testing for other family members can be offered. If a familial mutation has not been previously identified, order HP / Hereditary Pancreatitis, Mutation Screen.


Analysis is performed for the familial mutation(s) provided only. This assay does not rule out the presence of other mutations within this gene or within other genes that may be associated with hereditary pancreatitis (HP).


Predictive testing of an asymptomatic child is not recommended.  


Test results should be interpreted in the context of clinical findings, family history, and other laboratory data. Any error in the diagnosis or in the pedigree provided to us, including false-paternity, could lead to erroneous interpretation of results.


A previous bone marrow transplant from an allogenic donor will interfere with testing. Call Mayo Medical Laboratories for instructions for testing patients who have received a bone marrow transplant.

Clinical Reference Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Teich N, Mossner J: Hereditary chronic pancreatitis. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2008;22(1):115-30

2. Howes N, Greenhalf W, Stocken DD, Neoptolemos JP: Cationic trypsinogen mutations and pancreatitis. Clin Lab Med 2005;25:39-59

3. Ellis I: Genetic counseling for hereditary pancreatitis--the role of molecular genetics testing for the cationic trypsinogen gene, cystic fibrosis and serine protease inhibitor Kazal type 1. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2004;33:839-854

Special Instructions and Forms Describes specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test. Also includes pertinent information and consent forms to be used when requesting a particular test