Disorders of the exocrine pancreas Miniatlas

The exocrine pancreas plays an essential role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. For this reason, and even though disorders affecting this organ are uncommon in clinical practice, they are still relevant.

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency usually results from a range of conditions that cause a progressive deterioration of the exocrine pancreas. Such conditions include chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis and pancreatic cancer. Learning about the normal function of the exocrine pancreas and its role in the digestion of nutrients is the first step in understanding the physical and pathological mechanisms of this disorder.

This volume contains the following material:

Table of contents

Anatomy and physiology of the pancreas

  • Locations and anatomy of the pancreas
  • Ultrastructure and ducts of the pancreas
  • The exocrine pancreas
  • Exocrine function of the pancreas
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Physiology of exocrine pancreatic secretions
  • The endocrine pancreas
  • Endocrine function of the pancreas

Disorders of the exocrine pancreas

  • Main hereditary forms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Pathophysiology of pancreatic secretion problems in CF
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Predisposing conditions of acute pancreatitis
  • Clinical manifestations and impact of acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Main causes of chronic pancreatitis
  • Clinical manifestations of chronic pancreatitis
  • Cancer of the pancreas

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: diagnosis and treatment

  • Definition of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)
  • Gastrointestinal tract surgery as a cause of EPI
  • Clinical consequences of EPI
  • Pancreatic function tests used to diagnose EPI
  • EPI treatment goals
  • Enzyme replacement therapy in EPI

Disorders of the exocrine pancreas is part of an extensive collection of illustrated medical atlases (Miniatlas Collection) covering generic specialties to specific diseases, created to facilitate doctor-patient communication.

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