What causes flatulence and abdominal distention in exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)?

Updated: Aug 12, 2021
  • Author: Samer Al-Kaade, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Flatulence and abdominal distention are caused by bacterial fermentation of unabsorbed food substances, which releases gaseous products such as hydrogen and methane. Flatulence often causes uncomfortable abdominal distention and cramps.

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