Fast Five Quiz: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

B.S. Anand, MD


May 04, 2020

Steatorrhea and weight loss are the major symptoms of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. The symptom of diarrhea is the most common patient complaint, and it may be watery, which is an indication of the osmotic load received by the intestine. Patients with steatorrhea have loose, greasy, foul-smelling stools that are difficult to flush.

Patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency may experience pronounced weight loss; however, weight loss may be masked if patients increase their caloric consumption.

Learn more about the clinical presentation of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.


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