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Are There Some Genetic Reasons I Get Steatorrhea Off And On
Possibly: Steatorrhea, defined as greasy/oily stools, can result from inadequate digestion and/or absorption of fats in the diet. Pancreatic insufficiency, short bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, crohn's disease, celiac disease, bile salt disorders can all result in steatorrhea. A specialist in gastroenterology can help make the right diagnosis. ...Read more
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Extra X in men: Klinefelter syndrome is usually caused by an extra x chromosome in males, changing their normal 46, xy chromosome constitution to 47, xxy. The extra x causes tall stature with an asthenic build, underdevelopment of the testis and infertility. Sometimes there is more than one x, like 48, xxxy, often causing intellectual disability. The extra chromosome is a chance occurrence. ...Read more
I'm curious, my cheeks are always rosy red for some reason, even if i'm not cold! is there a reason or is it just genetics?
Many possibilities: Red cheeks are from the vasodialation of the vessles near the surface of your skin. Anger, embarrasment or stress can effect those vessles, also heat from excesize or fever can cause vessles to dialate to eliminate the heat. Alcohol causes capilaries to dialate as well. There are some medical causes of constant red cheeks such as rosacea or lupus. Your physician can diagnose that. ...Read more
Double dose of genes: Genetic disorders are more likely to show up from incest because people who are related have many genes in common. Usually the genes that cause genetic disorders are rare but if the parents share genes the baby is likely to get a double dose of the rare gene so the disorder is more likely to be apparent. For some genes it requires the same gene come from both parents to show up in the child. ...Read more
I think I have steatorrhea but I can't get to dr til April 18. Should I go to er? I am really scared I have had since March 1.
Steatorrhea: Go to urgent care/GI. Urgent care can offer you follow up, whereas ER usually focuses on whether you need to be admitted or not, the work up is limited. Drink 2-3 liters/day water /gatorade. Ask re: probiotic - may repelnish good bacteria. No alcohol, no caffeine. Check fecal fat studies, stool infectious studies, Hpylori. TSH/T4, CMP, lipase,food intolerences. Possible imaging/colonoscopy ...Read more
I have a loose gastric sphincter. Is this genetic or is there any reason why I have this? Is it relatively benign? 10mg Pepcid (famotidine) AC is 100% effective.
Yes: It is often related to gallbladder or pancreas issue and advise you to discuss with your PCP or GI Doctor for further eval. ...Read more
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my steatorrhea until I can see a doctor?
Not really: If you truly have steatorrhea (fat malabsorption) the cause needs to be addressed. Pancreatic insufficiency or small intestinal diseases would be the most likely causes. Symptomatically you can avoid eating fat and this would help until you are evaluated. Steatorrhea is fairly uncommon and without seeing a doctor I am not sure how you could get this diagnosis. ...Read more
Just wondering...is there a reason why one person's finger nails will be stronger then another person's. Is it genetic or vitamins?
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