Chronic Diarrhea and Diagnosis of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) results from a reduction in pancreatic enzyme quantity and/or activity to a level below what is required to maintain normal digestion. EPI may result in vitamin deficiencies, weight loss, malnutrition, and impaired quality of life. Diagnosis of EPI can be challenging as signs and symptoms can overlap with other gastrointestinal conditions. Do you know that EPI may present as chronic diarrhea?