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L having loose stools for more than 4-5years. diagnosed with ibs and gerd .. normal upper ugi, colonoscopy in 2017 showed non specific colitis, fecal elastase of 177 in 2018 and recently calprotectin of 71 and on rabeprazole 20mg daily !! worrying ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Pancreatic insuff: Your continual loose stools may be primarily caused by pancreatic insufficiency in view of the fecal elastase of under 200. There may be some associated intestinal malabsorption Check your Vitamin D level. Have you been tried on a pancreatic supplement or questran in an effort to control chronic loose stools? Your gastroenterologist can advise you best.

Answered 12/29/2020



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