Re: Pancreatitis very common in GSD??
yes, they are 2 different things, with different symptoms and treatments. EPI is specifically a deficiency in one of the enzymes that the pancreas normally produces, so that's a matter of giving some kind of enzyme supplement to make up for the deficiency and feeding a low-fat, low-grain diet.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas which can become chronic. Actually, I may have been wrong about this being genetic; I think it's caused by more environmental factors such as a high-fat diet or other causes, though there may be a genetic predisposition for it.
There are several threads on this forum about EPI---it's more common than pancreatitis. If you search the threads you may find some more specific information.
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