Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a rare, unknown condition that affects the pancreas. With EPI, the pancreas is unable to make and release enough digestive enzymes. This makes it harder for your body to break down food and absorb important nutrients.
Because EPI affects digestion, the signs and symptoms of the condition are often mistaken for other gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC), and Crohn’s disease. The main goal of treatment is to reduce pain, eliminate symptoms, and improve quality of life.