Pancreas insufficiency means that there is a deficiency in the production of the enzymes responsible for digestion of food (exocrine pancreatic enzymes) in the pancreas. This may be cause by various diseases. Lacking exocrine pancreatic enzymes may cause poor digestion, diarrhea and growth problems. Treatment consists of replacing the pancreatic enzymes and also treating the underlying disease if possible.
Pancreas insufficiency is a deficiency in the production of the exocrine pancreatic enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for breaking down components, such as proteins and carbohydrates, in food. A lack of these enzymes can result in poor digestion, fatty diarrhea and growth problems.
The cause of pancreas insufficiency is usually damage to the pancreas. There are many factors that may damage the pancreas. Alcohol abuse is thought to be the most common reason as it causes an inflammation of the pancreas. Chronic pancreatic inflammation, cystic fibrosis or tumors may be factors also resulting in damaged pancreatic tissue. People with pancreas insufficiency may experience poor digestion, fatty or foul-smelling stools and weight loss. Destruction of pancreatic tissue may also lead to insufficient insulin production and therefore cause diabetes, which is named endocrine pancreas insufficiency.
The treatment for pancreas insufficiency consists of pancreatic enzyme replacement to support the digestion of food, medications to reduce the level of blood fat and avoiding alcohol consumption. Surgery might be necessary in some cases e.g. to remove a tumor.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
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Enter your present medical symptoms.
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