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Pancreatic enzyme replacement

Geert Roeyen, Miet Jansen, Laure Ruyssinck, Thiery Chapelle, Aude Vanlander, Bart Bracke, Vera Hartman, Dirk Ysebaert, Frederik Berrevoet
OBJECTIVE: Recently, pancreaticogastrostomy (PG) has attracted renewed interest as a reconstruction technique after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), as it may imply a lower risk of clinical pancreatic fistula than reconstruction by pancreaticojejunostomy (PJ). We hypothesise that pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is more common during clinical follow-up after PG than it is after PJ. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This study compares the prevalence of PEI in patients undergoing PD for malignancy with reconstruction by PG versus reconstruction by PJ...
October 7, 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Carlo Castellani, Baroukh M Assael
Cystic fibrosis (CF), a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene on chromosome 7, is complex and greatly variable in clinical expression. Airways, pancreas, male genital system, intestine, liver, bone, and kidney are involved. The lack of CFTR or its impaired function causes fat malabsorption and chronic pulmonary infections leading to bronchiectasis and progressive lung damage. Previously considered lethal in infancy and childhood, CF has now attained median survivals of 50 years of age, mainly thanks to the early diagnosis through neonatal screening, recognition of mild forms, and an aggressive therapeutic attitude...
October 5, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Jennifer A Campbell, David S Sanders, Katherine A Francis, Matthew Kurien, Sai Lee, Hatim Taha, Arvind Ramadas, Diamond Joy, Andrew D Hopper
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency may be under recognised in gastroenterological practice. We aimed to identify the prevalence of pancreatic insufficiency in secondary care gastroenterology clinics and determine if co-morbidity or presenting symptoms could predict diagnosis. A secondary aim was to assess response to treatment. METHODS: A dual centre retrospective analysis was conducted in secondary care gastroenterology clinics. Patients tested for pancreatic exocrine insufficiency with faecal elastase-1 (FEL-1) between 2009 and 2013 were identified in two centres...
September 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Peter Colin Gregory, Katrin Hoffmann, Josef Kamphues, Anne Möeler
Modern therapy of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) using pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) has largely been very effective and has greatly helped in improving the nutritional status of patients with PEI and in increasing the life expectancy in cystic fibrosis. It is believed that the use of predictable large animal models could play an important role in assessing and developing new therapies. This article reviews the pancreatic duct ligated (adult) minipig as a chronic model of total PEI, with a detailed look at the influence of PEI and response to PERT on prececal compared to fecal digestibility, to directly investigate effects on protein and starch digestion and absorption...
October 2016: Pancreas
Chandraprakash Umapathy, Amit Raina, Shreyas Saligram, Gong Tang, Georgios I Papachristou, Mordechai Rabinovitz, Jennifer Chennat, Herbert Zeh, Amer H Zureikat, Melissa E Hogg, Kenneth K Lee, Melissa I Saul, David C Whitcomb, Adam Slivka, Dhiraj Yadav
BACKGROUND: Most studies of acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) focus on short-term outcomes. We evaluated long-term survival and outcomes following ANP. METHODS: Patients treated for ANP at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2001 to 2008 were studied. Data on presentation and course during initial hospitalization and follow-up (median 34 months) was extracted. RESULTS: Mean age of patients (n = 167) was 53 ± 16 years; 70 % were male, 94 % white, 71 % transfers, 52 % biliary etiology, and 78 % had first-attack of acute pancreatitis...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Paul M Hobbs, William G Johnson, David Y Graham
One of the most challenging issues arising in patients with chronic pancreatitis is the management of abdominal pain. Many competing theories exist to explain pancreatic pain including ductal hypertension from strictures and stones, increased interstitial pressure from glandular fibrosis, pancreatic neuritis, and ischemia. This clinical problem is superimposed on a background of reduced enzyme secretion and altered feedback mechanisms. Throughout history, investigators have used these theories to devise methods to combat chronic pancreatic pain including: Lifestyle measures, antioxidants, analgesics, administration of exogenous pancreatic enzymes, endoscopic drainage procedures, and surgical drainage and resection procedures...
August 6, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Sze May Ng, Helen S Moore
BACKGROUND: Malabsorption of fat and protein contributes to poor nutritional status in people with cystic fibrosis. Impaired pancreatic function may also result in increased gastric acidity, leading in turn to heartburn, peptic ulcers and the impairment of oral pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy. The administration of gastric acid-reducing agents has been used as an adjunct to pancreatic enzyme therapy to improve absorption of fat and gastro-intestinal symptoms in people with cystic fibrosis...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Rhea Faye D Felicilda-Reynaldo, Maria Kenneally
Maldigestion occurs when digestive enzymes are lacking to help break complex food components into absorbable nutrients within the gastrointestinal tract. Education is needed to help patients manage the intricacies of digestive enzyme replacement therapies and ensure their effectiveness in reducing symptoms of maldigestion.
May 2016: Medsurg Nursing: Official Journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Alexander Brock, Ingo Aldag, Stella Edskes, Marcus Hartmann, Torsten Herzog, Waldemar Uhl, Juergen Schnekenburger
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency caused by inflammation or pancreatic tumors results in nutrient malfunction by a lack of digestive enzymes and neutralization compounds. Despite satisfactory clinical results with current enzyme therapies, a normalization of fat absorption in patients is rare. An individualized therapy is required that includes high dosage of enzymatic units, usage of enteric coating, and addition of gastric proton pump inhibitors. The key goal to improve this therapy is to identify digestive enzymes with high activity and stability in the gastrointestinal tract...
November 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Frank Ulrich Weiss, Christoph Budde, Markus M Lerch
INTRODUCTION: Elastase is a proteolytic pancreatic enzyme that passes through the gastrointestinal tract undergoing only limited degradation. ELISA tests to determine stool elastase concentrations have therefore been developed for the diagnosis of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Five different isoforms of pancreatic elastase (CELA1, CELA2A, CELA2B, CELA3A, CELA3B) are encoded in the human genome. We have investigated three different polyclonal antisera that are used in a commercial fecal elastase ELISA to determine their specificity for different pancreatic elastase isoforms...
2016: PloS One
Amelie Therrien, Simon Bouchard, Sacha Sidani, Mickael Bouin
Background. Patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP) exhibit numerous risk factors for the development of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Objective. To determine the prevalence of SIBO in patients with CP. Methods. Prospective, single-centre case-control study conducted between January and September 2013. Inclusion criteria were age 18 to 75 years and clinical and radiological diagnosis of CP. Exclusion criteria included history of gastric, pancreatic, or intestinal surgery or significant clinical gastroparesis...
2016: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Yesim Ozen Alahdab, Deniz G Duman
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an important genetic disorder that usualy manifest in early childhood. Better understanding and improved care of those patients in our current practice with pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy and nutritional support enable physicians to see them more frequently from any age groups. Following the lung involvement, pancreas is the most important organ involved with CF. The most frequently affected component of the organ is the exocrine pancreas while endocrine functions may also be deranged...
July 14, 2016: Minerva Medica
Yehani Wedatilake, Rojeen Niazi, Elisa Fassone, Christopher A Powell, Sarah Pearce, Vincent Plagnol, José W Saldanha, Robert Kleta, W Kling Chong, Emma Footitt, Philippa B Mills, Jan-Willem Taanman, Michal Minczuk, Peter T Clayton, Shamima Rahman
BACKGROUND: TRNT1 (CCA-adding transfer RNA nucleotidyl transferase) enzyme deficiency is a new metabolic disease caused by defective post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial and cytosolic transfer RNAs (tRNAs). RESULTS: We investigated four patients from two families with infantile-onset cyclical, aseptic febrile episodes with vomiting and diarrhoea, global electrolyte imbalance during these episodes, sideroblastic anaemia, B lymphocyte immunodeficiency, retinitis pigmentosa, hepatosplenomegaly, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and renal tubulopathy...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Juan E Corral, Corey W Dye, Maria R Mascarenhas, Jamie S Barkin, Matthias Salathe, Baharak Moshiree
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with different gastrointestinal motility disturbances and syndromes. We aim to assess gastric emptying in patients with CF compared to healthy controls by a systematic review of existing literature. Medical databases and abstracts from major gastroenterology and CF meetings were reviewed. Emptying times in CF patients were compared with healthy controls using random effects models. Subgroup analysis stratified results by age and diagnostic modality. Nineteen studies from 7 countries included 574 subjects (359 CF patients and 215 controls)...
2016: Scientifica
Anna Victoria Fragoso, Martha Regina Pedroso, Paulo Herman, André Luis Montagnini
BACKGROUND: Among late postoperative complications of pancreatectomy are the exocrine and endocrine pancreatic insufficiencies. The presence of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency imposes, as standard treatment, pancreatic enzyme replacement. Patients with chronic pancreatitis, with intractable pain or any complications with surgical treatment, are likely to present exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or have this condition worsened requiring adequate dose of pancreatic enzymes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the required dose of pancreatic enzyme and the enzyme replacement cost in post pancreatectomy patients with and without chronic pancreatitis...
April 2016: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
James E Heubi, David Schaeffer, Richard C Ahrens, Natalie Sollo, Steven Strausbaugh, Gavin Graff, Raksha Jain, Stephan Witte, Kristin Forssmann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel microbial lipase (NM-BL) in a liquid formulation for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) in a phase IIa proof-of-concept study. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled crossover study in patients with cystic fibrosis and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Adolescent and adult patients with CF were randomized to receive NM-BL or placebo for 1 week as replacement for their usual pancreatic enzyme formulation...
September 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Roberta S Santos, Thiago M Batista, Rafael L Camargo, Priscila N Morato, Patrícia C Borck, Nayara C Leite, Mirian A Kurauti, Amarylis C B A Wanschel, Ángel Nadal, Deborah J Clegg, Everardo M Carneiro
Low levels of plasma estrogens are associated with weight-gain, android fat distribution, and a high prevalence of obesity-related comorbidities such as glucose intolerance and type II diabetes. The mechanisms underlying the association between low levels of estrogens and impaired glucose homeostasis are not completely understood. To begin to test this, we used three-month-old female C57BL/6J mice that either underwent ovariectomy (OVX) or received a sham surgery (Sham), and we characterized glucose homeostasis...
May 15, 2016: Steroids
Rosalie H Bartels, Sophie L Meyer, Tijs A Stehmann, Céline Bourdon, Robert H J Bandsma, Wieger P Voskuijl
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether pancreatic function is impaired in children with severe acute malnutrition, is different between edematous vs nonedematous malnutrition, and improves by nutritional rehabilitation. STUDY DESIGN: We followed 89 children with severe acute malnutrition admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. Stool and blood samples were taken on admission and 3 days after initial stabilization to determine exocrine pancreatic function via fecal elastase-1 (FE-1) and serum trypsinogen and amylase levels...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Benjamin R Biteman, Jeffrey N Harr, Fred Brody
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pancreatitis is a painful inflammatory disease that leads to progressive and irreversible destruction of pancreatic parenchyma [1]. A lateral pancreaticojejunostomy, also known as the Puestow procedure, is performed for symptomatic chronic pancreatitis associated with a dilated pancreatic duct secondary to calcifications or strictures [4]. An open approach is used traditionally due to the complexity of the case, and there have only been a handful of laparoscopic case reports [2]...
April 29, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Sun Y Lee, Supavit Chesdachai, Moon J Lee, Xue-Mei He, Vin Tangpricha, Lewis E Braverman
BACKGROUND: Development of goiter and hypothyroidism has been reported in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) since the 1970s, especially when treated with iodine-based expectorants. With iodine-containing expectorants no longer in routine use, the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in CF patients is unknown. This cross-sectional study assessed thyroid function status in a large cohort of CF patients. METHODS: Sera from ambulatory subjects were obtained from an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved biorepository of patients seen at the Emory CF Center between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014...
July 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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