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Who gets exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)?

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EPI starts in people who have a damaged pancreas or a health condition that keeps the organ from working as it should. You might have a higher chance of this if you have:

If you’re on a low-fat diet for a pancreas-related condition, you might have EPI but no symptoms.

  • Surgery on your stomach, pancreas, or gallbladder
  • A disorder that affects your pancreas, like cystic fibrosis, Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, or pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Celiac disease

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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