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Pancreatic insufficiency (PI) remains a significant issue for the majority of individuals with cystic fibrosis. Recommendations include target doses of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) in infants, children, and adolescents.




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Pancreatic insufficiency (PI) remains a significant issue for the majority of individuals with cystic fibrosis. Left untreated, it could lead to growth failure, weight loss, abdominal bloating, foul-smelling stools, or diarrhea. The use of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) has helped to alleviate these symptoms.


Just as the lungs produce thick, sticky mucus, the pancreas also makes thick mucus that blocks the release of enzymes needed for digestion. Most people with cystic fibrosis need to take enzymes before they eat.


Most pancreatic enzyme supplements come in capsule form. Inside each capsule are many small beads that contain the digestive enzymes. Each bead is covered with a special enteric coating. This coating allows the beads to dissolve in the small intestine. The digestive enzymes are then released in the small intestine to help digest food. Enzymes work for about 45 to 60 minutes after taking them.


In the short term, not taking your enzymes or not taking the proper dose can lead to poorly digested fat, protein or starch. The poorly digested food sits in your intestines, which causes gas, pain and unpleasant smells. It can also cause problems ranging from constipation and DIOS to loose, floating, greasy, frequent stools.


In the long term, better lung function is associated with higher body weight, so it is very important to take enzymes with all meals and snacks. If you have trouble paying for enzymes or have questions about coverage of them, please contact CF Foundation Compass, which can connect you to resources that can assist you.


A 2016 study showed that if a parent caregiver has depression, their children with CF are less likely to take their enzymes. If you have a child with CF and you are experiencing symptoms of depression, please talk to your health care provider about treatment.


Most people with CF need to take pancreatic enzyme capsules before every meal and snack so their bodies can digest the nutrients. Meals and snacks include breast milk, formula, milk and nutritional supplements. People with CF should take enzymes with any food, unless it is pure sugar (such as a clear Popsicle, hard candy or fruit juice).


As you get older or start to eat more, you will have to increase the amount of enzymes. If you have any questions about how many enzymes to take, talk to the dietitian, doctor or nurse on your care team. Taking too many enzyme supplements can actually damage your intestines, but taking too few can keep you from absorbing the nutrients you need. Do not change the dose without talking with your CF care team.Tips:


Pour the enzymes you think you need for the week in larger containers and keep them in accessible places (on the dinner table or in your purse or book bag). Consider leaving a bottle at a relative's or friend's house.


When brown-bagging it for lunch, include enzymes in the bag so no effort is needed to search for them. If your child is still in school, talk to the school nurse about how he or she can best keep and take enzymes, as some schools do not allow children to carry them on their own.


If you are anticipating a hospital stay, ask your care team how enzymes will be handled during your stay. If the enzymes are not on the hospital's formulary (internal stock), you may need to bring your enzymes from home.


For infants and small children who need the capsules opened up, mix the beads with a soft, acidic food, such as applesauce. Avoid mixing enzymes with milk-based foods, like pudding, because they may damage the coating on the beads.


Some very young babies may spit out the beads. If this happens, gently scoop the bead mixture back into the baby's mouth until the entire dose of enzymes has been given. It may be helpful to offer breast milk or formula just after giving the beads.


It may take time for your child to learn how to swallow beads because of the new texture. Enzymes do not have a taste. Be patient, calm, and reassuring to your child. Call your CF dietitian on your care team if your baby is having trouble taking enzymes.


You can learn more about enzymes at DailyMed, which is a service from the National Library of Medicine that provides information about drugs, including possible side effects. You can learn more about specific enzymes by searching for the medication from the main DailyMed page. Please note that information about dosages apply to the general public and not necessarily to people with CF. For specific dosing information, talk to your CF care team.


Between 85 to 90 percent of individuals with CF have pancreatic insufficiency, which means that digestive enzymes are getting stuck in thick mucus in the pancreas and can't make it into the small intestine.1 With no enzymes to break down food, much of the protein, fat and carbohydrate in food is not absorbed for use in the body. This is called malabsorption.


Your or your child's CF care team can determine if you or your child has pancreatic insufficiency by using a fecal elastase test. In this test, doctors analyze a stool sample to see whether the pancreas is producing an enzyme to break down proteins.


You'll usually notice improvements once you start taking enzymes. If you take enzymes and still experience some of these symptoms, it could mean the dose or type of enzymes you've been prescribed needs to be adjusted. Do not increase or decrease the dose of enzymes without talking to your CF dietitian or care provider.


Pancreatic enzyme replacements contain enzymes that digest fat, protein and complex carbohydrates. Some foods and drinks do not require enzymes because they contain only simple carbohydrates that are digested and absorbed easily.


Some young children still need to take enzymes when eating these foods so they stay in the habit of always taking enzymes with food. If they learn that certain foods don't require enzymes, they may only want to eat those foods.


Except for fruits and some fruit juices, there is little nutritional value in most of the foods and drinks listed above. Thus, it is not recommended to consume these regularly or in large amounts. Ask your CF dietitian or care provider if you are unsure whether enzymes need to be taken with a certain food, or if your child is refusing to take enzymes.


Your pancreas is involved in digestion and regulating your blood sugar. It makes digestive enzymes and hormones, such as insulin. It delivers digestive enzymes to your small intestine through the pancreatic duct.


Your common bile duct empties bile from your gallbladder into your intestine through the same opening as your pancreatic duct. If a gallstone enters the common bile duct and gets stuck at that junction, it can temporarily block the drainage of pancreatic juice from the pancreatic duct. This traps the enzymes inside your pancreas. As pressure builds up behind the obstruction, it activates the enzymes inside your pancreas and they begin digesting the pancreas itself. This causes the inflammatory response of gallstone pancreatitis.


Pancreatic pseudocysts. Inflammation in your pancreas can disrupt the pancreatic duct that feeds pancreatic juices to your intestine. This can cause pancreatic juices to leak out around the pancreas and cause inflammation of surrounding tissue. Over time, the inflamed area forms a hardened capsule around the fluid, called a pseudocyst.


Chronic pancreatitis. Repeat episodes of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis. Constant inflammation in your pancreas eventually leads to scarring of the tissues (fibrosis). Fibrosis in your pancreas interferes with its ability to function as a gland. Over time, it produces less and less of the enzymes and hormones your body needs, leading to further complications.


Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), malabsorption and malnutrition. As fibrosis in your pancreas progresses, your pancreas produces less and less of the enzymes that your digestive system relies on. This causes the malabsorption of nutrients in your small intestine, especially fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Excess fats pass through your poop, causing fatty stools and eventually, chronic diarrhea. As you absorb less nutrition from your food, you could begin to lose weight and eventually feel the effects of the missing nutrients.


Increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for cancer wherever it occurs. In people with chronic pancreatitis, the risk of pancreatic adenocarcinoma is between 1% and 2%. Symptoms are similar to those of chronic pancreatitis, so they might go unnoticed. Doctors recommend that people with chronic pancreatitis have regular cancer screening.


If you have characteristic symptoms of pancreatitis, a healthcare provider will check your pancreas with blood tests and imaging tests. A pancreas blood test looks for elevated levels of pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) in your blood. If levels are at least three times higher than normal, your provider will suspect pancreatitis. They might confirm the diagnosis with a cross-sectional imaging test, such as a CT scan or MRI. These tests can show swelling and fluid deposits in your pancreas as well as other abnormalities.


If you have chronic pancreatitis, your general healthcare provider may refer you to a specialist (gastroenterologist). Treatment for chronic pancreatitis begins with pain management and lifestyle changes to slow down the progression of the disease. Eventually, you may need enzyme supplements and insulin injections to replace the enzymes and insulin your pancreas no longer produces.


Over time, many people with chronic pancreatitis can develop exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). These people will need to take pancreatic enzymes in supplement form. You might also need to take nutritional supplements to get enough calories and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Some people will develop glucose intolerance and eventually diabetes, becoming insulin-dependent. 041b061a72


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