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What are the symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?

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You may not have any symptoms at first. But once your pancreas gets so damaged that it starts to hurt your ability to absorb fat, you may get some symptoms, such as:

You might also lose weight and get other problems, because your body doesn’t absorb enough vitamins. For instance, you could develop a bleeding disorder if you don't get enough vitamin K. Or you could get bone pain without enough vitamin D.

  • Pain or tenderness in your belly
  • Bad-smelling bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Feeling full

From: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Toouli J. , October 2010. The Medical Journal of Australia

Genetics Home Reference: "Cystic Fibrosis."

FDA: "Updated Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals and the Public: Use an Approved Pancreatic Enzyme Product (PEP)

MUSC Health: "Pancreatic Insufficiency," "Procedures: Endoscopic Ultrasound."

Löhr, J. , 2013. United European Gastroenterology Journal

Medscape Reference: "Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency."

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation: "Pancreatic Functions"

Medical Journal of Australia: "Management of pancreatic insufficiency: Australasian Pancreatic Club recommendations."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 12, 2017

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