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How is chronic pancreatitis treated if you have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

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If you have alcoholic pancreatitis, it’s important to stop drinking. You may need to enter a treatment program or work with a counselor to stop. If you smoke, stop. If there are stones blocking your ducts, the doctor can remove them. If you have a systemic illness like lupus or cystic fibrosis, treatment for the underlying condition may help the CP.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

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

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

Olesen, S.S. Gastroenterology, August 2011.

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 18, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: “Pancreatic Enzymes.”

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

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

Olesen, S.S. Gastroenterology, August 2011.

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 18, 2019

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