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How can cystic fibrosis cause exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)?

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If you have cystic fibrosis, your body makes a thick, sticky mucus that can block the pancreas and keep it from giving off enzymes. If you have cystic fibrosis, your doctor might want to test you for EPI. It’s especially important to get pancreas problems diagnosed in children, because they need the right amount of nutrients and vitamins to grow.

SOURCES:

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Lindkvist, B.  , November 2013. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Leeds, J.  , May 2010. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

American Diabetes Association.

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Nutrition: Pancreatic Enzyme Therapy in People with Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Lindkvist, B.  , November 2013. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Leeds, J.  , May 2010. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

American Diabetes Association.

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Nutrition: Pancreatic Enzyme Therapy in People with Cystic Fibrosis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

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