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How is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) diagnosed?

To diagnose exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a doctor might look at a sample of a person's poo (stool). Normally enzymes leave the body in poo, but fat doesn’t. So having lots of fat and not many enzymes in poo suggests that the person may have EPI. It might sound gross, but testing poo is a good way to find out because it’s quick and easy to do.

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