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How can pancreatic enzyme replacement therapies (PERTs) help treat EPI?

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Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapies (the doctor might refer to them as PERTs) are coated pills often made from pig pancreas juices.

PERTs can help you better absorb fats from your foods, ease symptoms like stomach upset or oily stools.

From: EPI Treatment: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “What is pancreatic insufficiency?”

Lindkvist, B. , published online November 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.”

Diabetes Association of the UK: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Raphael, K. , published online July 2016. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Olesen, S.S. , August 2011. Gastroenterology

UptoDate: “Etiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adultsEtiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adults," “Treatment of chronic pancreatitis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “What is pancreatic insufficiency?”

Lindkvist, B. , published online November 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.”

Diabetes Association of the UK: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

Raphael, K. , published online July 2016. Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Olesen, S.S. , August 2011. Gastroenterology

UptoDate: “Etiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adultsEtiology and pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis in adults," “Treatment of chronic pancreatitis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 14, 2018

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