Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency in diabetes mellitus - prevalence and characteristics

Published: 8 August 2019
Author(s): Eirik Søfteland, Jakob Lykke Poulsen, Jakob Starup-Linde, Trine Tang Christensen, Søren Schou Olesen, Simran Singh, Peter Vestergaard, Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Georg Dimcevski
Issue: August 2019
Section: Original article

The prevalence of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) in diabetes mellitus (DM) varies widely between studies, which may be explained by methodological problems. We aimed to establish the prevalence of PEI in DM using the faecal elastase-1 (FE-1) assay as a screening test, and to further investigate these patients by the mixed 13C-triglyceride (13C-MTG) breath test.