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what does it mean if your pancreatic elastase 1 is <15?

my son is 13 an he is suffering from chronic diarrea its been 8months since he's had a normal bowel movement. the diarrhea is yellowish almost clear with no foul order to it. the G.I specialist ran some test (blood work, stool samples, and ultrasound) and they've came back normal except his pancreatic elastase 1 it was <15 i think its suppose to be 100-200 the doctor told me that was almost imposible. He told me that it couldn't be because my son would of had all these other symptoms. So he acused my son of watering down his stool samples.I told him i was their when he colected the stool samples because the first time he colected stool samples on his own i thought it was urine so i made him colect it infront of me cause i could not beleive that was coming out of his bottom.
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replied September 23rd, 2010
I would suggest getting a second opinion from another Gastroenterologist as the next step.

There are many causes of chronic diarrhea, and sometimes a fairly elaborate work-up is necessary to narrow all of these possibilities down to the correct diagnosis.

Meanwhile, remaining on a low-fat diet, and a considering trial of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, may be helpful.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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