Nutrition treatment of deficiency and malnutrition in chronic pancreatitis: a review

Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 Aug;25(4):362-70. doi: 10.1177/0884533610373772.


Chronic pancreatitis results in exocrine and endocrine dysfunction, affecting normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. In individuals with chronic pancreatitis, nutrition status may be further affected by poor dietary intake, often related to alcoholism. However, some deficiencies may be overlooked, potentially leading to nutrition-related problems with bone health and fatigue. The aim of this article is to describe the deficiencies that occur and to propose an evidence-based algorithm for the nutrition assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Algorithms
  • Deficiency Diseases / complications*
  • Deficiency Diseases / diagnosis
  • Deficiency Diseases / therapy
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Malnutrition / diagnosis
  • Malnutrition / etiology*
  • Malnutrition / therapy
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Support
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / complications*
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / therapy