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What are the symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

The symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI and their severity vary with the underlying causes of the disease but when symptoms develop, they generally may include:

  • Abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Gas (increased production)
  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel movements that have a very bad smell
  • A full or bloated feeling
  • Weight loss

Other symptoms that may develop due to the severity of the disease or its underlying cause occur somewhat less frequently than those listed above include:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Bone pain
  • Intestinal blockage
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Comment from: kittens, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

In the first 5 months of 2016 my exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) symptoms started and abated. Then again in January of 2017 I had a more extreme episode; 10 weeks of explosive oil stinky diarrhea, bloating, reflux, inflamed stomach for over 18 months, gas, 20 lb. weight loss, bone pain, extreme tiredness, and dizziness.

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