Pediatric Pancreatic Insufficiency

Pediatric Pancreatic Insufficiency


What is pancreatic insufficiency?

When a child’s pancreas does not make enough digestive enzymes, it’s called pediatric pancreatic insufficiency.

Expanded overview

Pediatric pancreatic insufficiency occurs when your child’s pancreas does not make enough digestive enzymes. These enzymes are needed to digest food and absorb nutrients so your child can grow. If your child has pancreatic insufficiency, they may develop nutritional deficiencies and be unable to gain or maintain an appropriate weight for their age.

What causes pancreatic insufficiency?

Most of the time, pediatric pancreatic insufficiency is caused by cystic fibrosis (CF) - a rare genetic condition. However, it can also be caused by chronic (ongoing) pancreatitis.

What are the symptoms for pancreatic insufficiency?

The most common symptoms of pediatric pancreatic insufficiency include:

  • Abdominal pain 
  • Bloated stomach
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Frequent gas
  • Greasy stools
  • Poor weight gain
  • Unintended weight loss

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