Break down your stomach
issues with your doctor to
find out if it’s EPI

An EPI patient discusses her condition with a doctor
Break down your stomach
issues with your doctor to find out if it’s EPI

Symptom Checker

Answer the questions below and share your symptom checker results with your doctor to have a more informed discussion about EPI.

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1.
Does your medical history include any of the following that affect your gastrointestinal system?
(Select all that apply)
2.
Does your medical history include any of the following that affect your pancreas? (Select all that apply)
3.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms? (Select all that apply)

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Points to remember:

EPI can be mistaken for other GI conditions

EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) can often be confused with other GI conditions like irritable bowel syndrome - diarrhea (IBS-D), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) because it shares many of the same symptoms.

The pancreas can affect digestion

EPI can happen when your pancreas isn't making enough digestive enzymes to break down the food you eat. Symptoms of EPI include:

  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • bloating
  • stomach pain
  • oily stools
  • unexplained weight loss
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