A 25-year-old female asked:
can malabsorption exist without diarrhea?
3 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Diarrhea is indicative of fat malabsorption, but some people do not have it because of other foods they eat with the fat. You can have quite severe malabsorption of iron, and not have any diarrhea, or malabsorption of calcium, or other micronutrients without any diarrhea at all.
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Yes: The intestinal tract can fail to absorb nutrients without automatically resulting in the classic steatorrhea.
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Possibly: I'm sure it can. Depends on the type if malabsorption you are referring to. If you believe you have a malabsorption you should talk to your doctor.
Last updated May 26, 2013
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