There is evidence that disturbances of exocrine function can persist for several weeks following pancreatic surgery. Active proteases in the duodenal lumen may help to recovery of exocrine function. A placebo-controlled trial of enteric-coated pancreatin (25,000 U lipase; 3 x 1 caps/day) was performed during 2 weeks following pancreatic surgery (resection and drainage operation). A total of 39 patients were randomized, 20 to pancreatin group and 19 to placebo group. The exocrine function was tested via serum and faecal elastase determinations, the amylum tolerance test (ATT) and checks on the symptoms of maldigestion. After medication for 10 days, there was evidence of the beneficial effect of pancreatin suggested by a 35% improvement in ATT, an unchanged body weight and the disappearance of symptoms of maldigestion. In the control group, abnormal ATT and symptoms of maldigestion were remained, while the body weight decreased with by 3.5 kg. In both groups, no significant change was noted in the elastase concentration. The results suggest that enteric-coated pancreatin treatment after pancreatic surgery may lead to a rapid improvement of exocrine pancreatic function, probably by reducing the cholelcystokinin response to stimulation by food and represent a new indication of the enteric-coated pancreatin medication.
|Translated title of the contribution||Effect of pancreatin replacement on pancreatic function in the postoperative period after pancreatic surgery|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 5 1999|
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