Pancreatic Enzyme Deficiency Clinic

PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY

 

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is a condition in which there is insufficient delivery of pancreatic enzymes to the small bowel. This may be due to previous pancreatic or gastric surgery, acute and chronic pancreatitis, among other less common disorders.
The result is the incomplete digestion and subsequent malabsorption of the nutrients, especially fat, in food. This may give you symptoms such as abdominal cramping, bloating, and diarrhea.
With more severe enzyme deficiency you may develop pale, smelly stools and notice fat droplets in the toilet bowl.

 

A Pancreatic Enzyme Deficiency Clinic is being established at Royal North Shore Hospital for the specialist management of this disorder. The team will include a surgeon and dietitian to tailor medical and dietary advice to help relieve symptoms and improve nutrition for patients with Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency.