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February 18, 2021

Blog: Pancreatic Enzymes and Pancreatitis: My Experience

Road towards a pancreatitis diagnosis #Creoninthewild Hawaii My journey with pancreatitis started when I was about 10 years old. Throughout my years in school (elementary, middle and high school), I was misdiagnosed with a “sensitive stomach.” My pain was not taken seriously by doctors. I was sent to several counselors while I was in college because, despite my symptoms, doctors…
BlogExocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyPatient ResourcesPatient Stories
March 11, 2021

Blog: My Experience with Pancreatic Enzymes (PERT)

I read Liz’s blog and her journey with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) resonated with my own experience. The one difference - since the diagnosis, seven years and counting - I continue to calibrate my enzyme dosage. Here is my experience with pancreatic enzymes. My first (diagnosed) acute pancreatitis attack happened in 1998 and I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis in…
Dr. Asjbørn Mohr Drewes, MD, PhD
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September 27, 2018

Blog: New Guidelines for Managing the Pain of Chronic Pancreatitis

Dr. Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, MD, PhD, is a widely-recognized expert in gastroenterology and pain, especially in diseases of the pancreas and oesophagus. Acting as both a clinician and researcher, he has authored 507 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is currently the Director of Mech-Sense and Center for Pancreatic Diseases at…
BlogExocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyPatient Resources
March 25, 2019

Expert Q&A: EPI and Pancreatic Enzymes

Dr. Steven Freedman of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School Dr. Steven Freedman, MD, Ph.D., a worldwide expert on pancreatic disease and cystic fibrosis, presented on Mission: Cure’s Pancreatitis Patient Webinar on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy (PERT). EPI is one of the symptoms of pancreatitis. For a more comprehensive overview of EPI,…
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Patient Resources
December 9, 2020

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Pancreatic Enzymes

What is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)?  EPI --when the pancreas does not secrete enough digestive enzymes-- is common in people with chronic pancreatitis. This is because as the pancreas gets scarred, the part of the pancreas that generates enzymes is destroyed and thus is unable to produce these enzymes that are essential in the digestive process. Leading causes of EPI: …
alcohol and pancreatitis
Patient Resources
April 14, 2021

About Alcohol and Pancreatitis

The connection between pancreatitis and alcohol is widely misunderstood. Many people think that drinking alcohol causes chronic pancreatitis... This is WRONG! New studies are debunking old claims that pancreatitis is a disease of alcoholics. Alcohol alone does not directly cause chronic pancreatitis. The widespread belief that chronic pancreatitis is usually caused by alcohol abuse is harmful. Because most doctors believe…
Patient ResourcesWebinarsWebinars: TPIAT
April 30, 2019

Webinar: Will Pancreas Surgery Cure My Pancreatitis? Doctors Explain TPIAT

Mission: Cure's webinar, TPIAT: Should I Have My Pancreas Removed?, discusses pancreas surgery to reduce chronic pain from pancreatitis.  This is the fourth broadcast in Mission: Cure’s Patient and Family Webinar Series. In this webinar replay you can hear Dr. Melena Bellin of the University of Minnesota explain: Who should consider TPIAT (Total Pancreatectomy & Islet Auto-Transplantation) The selection criteria The TPIAT…
Patient ResourcesPediatric PancreatitisWebinarsWebinars: Pediatric Pancreatitis
April 25, 2019

Webinar: Pediatric Pancreatitis

Pediatric Pancreatitis: Causes, Treatments, Outcomes & Research Dr. Aliye Uc, MD, Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa and leader of the INSPPIRE Pediatric Pancreatitis Research Project shares what has been learned so far, and answers questions from patients and family members. Composed of 22 sites throughout the world, the INSPPIRE group was formed to research…
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August 26, 2021

Toolkit: Pain Management for Pediatric Pancreatitis Patients

Pain is the number one symptom of pancreatitis. Children living with pancreatitis often have to miss out on school, daily activities, and social bonding opportunities due to pancreatitis-induced pain episodes. Experts agree that pain management strategies can help pediatric patients and families live more high-quality lives. This toolkit provides expert recommendations on pain management for pediatric pancreatitis patients. This pain…
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