Recently there have been a ton of national TV commercials talking about bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The funny part is they then say “these could be signs of EPI, ask your doctor about EPI”.

Well those ads are working because a lot of my patients are actually asking me about EPI- or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. Contrary to what the commercials make it seem, this is actually a complex and rare disease. So on Episode 39 of the GCP, we bring in our own fill in co host Dr Akerman to explain what EPI is and how to diagnose and treat this disease.

Dr Akerman is an expert on pancreatic diseases including diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In this episode we talk about Diarrhea , Gas, Bloating, Malabsorption and how this could or could not be exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) We go over the various tests, non pancreatic causes of malabsorption that can look like EPI.

We close the show discussing the pros and cons of natural treatment and pharmacologic treatment for EPI So basically if you ever have had bloating, diarrhea, gas, belly pain etc, then listen in to make sure you don’t have EPI. (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

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