The pancreas is responsible for making the body’s digestive enzymes that help break down proteins, sugars and fats from the food we eat. For children with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI, also called pancreatic insufficiency), the pancreas doesn’t produce enough or all of the enzymes. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, provide specialized gastrointestinal (GI) care for children and teens with pancreatic insufficiency.
With EPI, the pancreas does not make enough enzymes to break down the food a child eats.
Children with pancreatic insufficiency may have other conditions, including cystic fibrosis or chronic pancreatitis. EPI also can be caused by other issues, including:
Children with EPI experience symptoms caused by food in the GI tract that is unable to be digested. Symptoms can include:
The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique EPI care plan. Treatments can include:
Diet modifications also can help with EPI, including eating smaller and more frequent meals. Dietitians are available through Norton Children’s Gastroenterology.