Pancreatic Insufficiency: What Is the Gold Standard?

Maisam Abu-El-Haija, Darwin L. Conwell

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7 Scopus citations


Endoscopic pancreatic function testing assesses exocrine insufficiency and chronic pancreatitis. Indirect pancreatic function tests have limited sensitivity and specificity in early disease stages. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography shows promise in detecting early changes as a direct measure of pancreatic function. This article summarizes the evolution of pancreatic function testing and highlights areas for future research, such as development of diagnostic biomarkers to stratify disease severity and targeted therapies to retard disease progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-528
Number of pages8
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2018

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  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Endoscopic function testing
  • Pancreatic function testing
  • Pancreatic insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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