Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2013; 17 (2 Suppl): 65-71

Pancreatic function assessment

L. Laterza, F. Scaldaferri, G. Bruno, A. Agnes, I. BoŇ°koski, G. Ianiro, V. Gerardi, V. Ojetti, S. Alfieri, A. Gasbarrini

Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Department, School of Medicine, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. agasbarrini@rm.unicatt.it

 


Several non invasive tests are available to assess pancreatic function, but no one is routinely used in clinical practice to diagnose chronic pancreatitis, due to their poor sensitivity in diagnosing mild pancreatic insufficiency. 13C breath tests share the same limits of the other non invasive functional tests, but the mixed triglyceride breath test seems to be useful in finding the correct dosage of enzyme substitutive therapy to prevent malnutrition in patients with known pancreatic insufficiency.

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L. Laterza, F. Scaldaferri, G. Bruno, A. Agnes, I. BoŇ°koski, G. Ianiro, V. Gerardi, V. Ojetti, S. Alfieri, A. Gasbarrini
Pancreatic function assessment

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2013
Vol. 17 - N. 2 Suppl
Pages: 65-71