ESPEN Guidelines on Enteral Nutrition: Pancreas

Clin Nutr. 2006 Apr;25(2):275-84. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2006.01.019. Epub 2006 May 6.


The two major forms of inflammatory pancreatic diseases, acute and chronic pancreatitis, require different approaches in nutritional management, which are presented in the present guideline. This clinical practice guideline gives evidence-based recommendations for the use of ONS and TF in these patients. It was developed by an interdisciplinary expert group in accordance with officially accepted standards and is based on all relevant publications since 1985. The guideline was discussed and accepted in a consensus conference. In mild acute pancreatitis enteral nutrition (EN) has no positive impact on the course of disease and is only recommended in patients who cannot consume normal food after 5-7 days. In severe necrotising pancreatitis EN is indicated and should be supplemented by parenteral nutrition if needed. In the majority of patients continuous TF with peptide-based formulae is possible. The jejunal route is recommended if gastric feeding is not tolerated. In chronic pancreatitis more than 80% of patients can be treated adequately with normal food supplemented by pancreatic enzymes. 10-15% of all patients require nutritional supplements, and in approximately 5% tube feeding is indicated.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Enteral Nutrition / standards*
  • Europe
  • Gastroenterology / standards*
  • Humans
  • Pancreatitis / therapy*
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / therapy
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'