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What is pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

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Apart from a healthy diet, the main treatment for EPI is pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT). You take prescription pills that replace the enzymes your pancreas isn't making. These enzymes break down your food so you can more easily digest and absorb it. You have to take them during your meals. You may also need to take an antacid to keep your stomach from breaking down pancreatic enzymes before they can start to work.

From: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency WebMD Medical Reference

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Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

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