Treatments for CSID

In patients with Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID) and gastrointestinal symptoms that warrant treatment, three major treatment options exist:

Before Sucraid was available, severe restriction of dietary carbohydrate intake was the only treatment option for patients with CSID.

Given the sucrose content of Western diets and the difficulties of dietary adherence generally, patient compliance with a sucrose-free diet is challenging and often accompanied by chronic gastrointestinal symptoms and decreased body weight for a given height and age.1-3 In a recent observational study, only 50% of children with CSID complied with dietary reductions of sucrose and starch, and 60 to 75% still experienced frequent diarrhea and abdominal pain, presumably due to a lack of adherence to the sucrose elimination diet.4

Many Foods Contain Sucrose

The average American adult consumes about 130 pounds of sugar per year, about 70 pounds of which is sucrose.5 Sucrose can be found in a surprising number of foods. Sucrose is the naturally-occurring sugar in many fruits, juices, and some vegetables, and is the sugar often added in baked goods and processed foods. Based on a consumption of 2,000 calories per day, sucrose makes up 10% of the total American diet.6

The Typical American Diet


Figure 1: Adapted from Treem 2012: J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr.4

Given the amount of sucrose Americans eat every year, it is no surprise that maintaining a low sucrose diet can be challenging. Patients with CSID must avoid eating a surprising number of foods, all of which are high in starches and/or sucrose.

The following is a list of foods with high levels of starch (denoted with *) and/or sugar (more than 1 gram of sucrose per 100 grams of food):

  • Fruit: apples, apricots, bananas*, cantaloupe, dates, grapefruit, guava, honeydew melon, mango, nectarine, oranges, passion fruit, peaches, persimmon, pineapple, plums, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
  • Vegetables: beets, carrots, cassava (yucca)*, chickpeas*, coleslaw, corn, edamame*, green peas*, jicama*, kidney beans*, lima beans*, okra, onion, parsnips*, pumpkin, snow peas, split peas*, sweet pickles, sweet potatoes*, yams*
  • Dairy: chocolate and flavored milks, milk shakes, sweetened condensed milk, malted milk, yogurt sweetened with sucrose or with fruits containing sucrose, processed cheese or cheese products with additives, fillers or preservatives that may contain sucrose or starch
  • Protein: prepared, processed, breaded, or cured meats; for example, bacon, sausage, luncheon meat, pate, liverwurst, tofu
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews*, chestnuts*, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts*, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, nut butters with added sucrose, sesame seeds
  • Other starches: baked goods sweetened with sucrose; for example, breads, cereals, snacks, muffins, pancakes, pastries, waffles
  • Fats: some mayonnaises and salad dressings
  • Sweeteners and ingredients: table, brown, granulated, powdered or raw sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar/syrup/juice, coconut sugar, date sugar, maple syrup/sugar, molasses, syrup, jelly, jam, brown rice syrup, caramel, corn syrup/syrup solids, dextrins, glucose polymers, maltodextrin, modified tapioca starch
  • Desserts: ice cream, popsicles, pudding, sherbet, sorbet, brownies, cakes, cookies, muffins, pastries, pies, whipped toppings, carob, caramel, chocolate, chocolate sauce/syrup
  • Beverages: all sucrose-sweetened beverages, juices made from fruits containing sucrose (see above), energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, sucrose-sweetened soda or drink mixes, specialty/flavored coffees containing sucrose
  • Condiments: BBQ sauce, ketchup, chutney, seasonings or sauces containing sucrose, salad dressings, sweet pickles

Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Enzyme replacement therapy with Sucraid (sacrosidase) Oral Solution offers a pharmacologic alternative to sucrose-free restricted diets. Sucraid is the only FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of genetically determined sucrase deficiency, which is part of CSID. The basis for regulatory approval of Sucraid was two clinical trials that demonstrated the ability of sacrosidase to significantly reduce breath hydrogen, which is a measure of GI symptoms in CSID patients when challenged with a normal sucrose-containing diet.6,7 In the clinical trial that quantified treatment responses, 81% of 28 children with CSID aged 5 months to 11 years became asymptomatic with sacrosidase replacement of sucrase.7 In both studies, study participants who received higher doses of sacrosidase had fewer stools, a greater number of formed or hard stools, as well as fewer symptoms of gas, abdominal cramping, and bloating compared to those who received lower doses of sacrosidase.6,7 In a third clinical trial, conducted over a period of several years in 32 participants diagnosed with CSID, Sucraid again demonstrated it is an effective option for the management of sucrase deficiency, reducing or eliminating the need for restrictions of dietary sucrose, as well as reducing or eliminating the symptoms of CSID in the majority of patients.8

It is important to note that CSID patients generally have a reduced capacity for the digestion of sugars from dietary starches due to reduced isomaltase and maltase enzyme activities. Sucraid does not provide specific replacement therapy for deficient starch digestion.9 Therefore, restricting starch in the diet is usually necessary in patients with CSID. The need for dietary starch restriction in patients using Sucraid should be evaluated on a patient-by-patient basis. Consultation with a registered dietitian experienced with the dietary management of starch for CSID patients taking Sucraid is available at

Proper dosing is essential for Sucraid to be effective. The proper dosage is 1 mL or 2 mL (one or two full measuring scoops) with each meal or snack. Each full measuring scoop equals 1 mL. The proper dose of Sucraid by body weight is:

  • For patients weighing up to 33 lb (15 kg): 1 mL (one full measuring scoop)
  • For patients weighing more than 33 lb (15 kg): 2 mL (two full measuring scoops).

The appropriate dose of Sucraid is to be taken orally with each meal or snack, diluted with 2 to 4 ounces (60 to 120 mL) of water, milk, or infant formula. Because heat and acidity can decrease the potency of Sucraid, the diluting liquid should not be a warmed or acidic liquid such as fruit juice. It is recommended that approximately half of the dose be taken at the beginning of a meal or snack and the remainder taken during a meal or snack.

Practice Tip

The low-FODMAP diet is not recommended for patients with CSID. Although it is a standard diet for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it will not address symptoms in patients with CSID since it contains many foods that are high in sucrose, including: banana, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew melon, mandarin orange, orange, passion fruit, pineapple, tangelo, carrot, parsnip, potato, silver beet, sweet potato, taro, yam, gluten-free breads and cereals, 100% spelt bread, rice, oats, polenta, arrowroot, millet, psyllium, quinoa, sorghum, tapioca, lactose-free yogurt, gelato, sorbet, table sugar, golden syrup, maple syrup, and molasses.



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