Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

Introduction Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is a syndrome that is caused by the insufficient production of digestive enzymes by the pancreas. It can be congenital, inherited or acquired leading to loss of weight, polyphagia (excessive hunger or increased appetite), bulky faeces or diarrhoea and occasional vomiting. These signs are attributable to maldigestion and malabsorption of nutrients after approximately 90% of the secretory capacity of the exocrine pancreas has been lost. The ages that are predisposed to this condition range between 1-4 years for congenital cases and between 4-8 years for acquired cases. The breeds that are commonly affected with this syndrome are German Shep

 

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