What is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

What is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition that happens when your pancreas doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes. These enzymes help break down food. When there aren't enough of them, your body may not be able to digest food the right way. As a result, you may not get the nutrition you need.

If you have EPI, you may have belly pain, gas, and bloating. You may also have greasy stools. Medicines to replace these enzymes can help treat EPI. Vitamin supplements, a diet that's low in fat, and avoiding alcohol may also help.

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