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Can my regular doctor do the fecal fat test in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the fecal fat test in his clinic?

Maybe...: Fecal fat testing can be performed qualitatively (to see if fat droplets are present) or quantitatively (to measure how much fat is lost in stool). The former is a simple slide test using a sudan stain on a random stool sample, whereas the latter needs a timed collection of stool for measurement. Both studies are somewhat specific, & outside the usual in-office tests primary care docs might run. ...Read more

Fecal Fat (Definition)

Fecal fat is the passage of fat in the stool. Fat absorption is a complicated process so there are many potential causes. It can occur from diseases of the ileum such as crohn's disease or resection. It can also occur from an ...Read more


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Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Floater or Sinker: The sinkability of stool depends on the amount of air/gas, not the amount of fat, although vary fatty stools will tend to float. Are you having any symptoms? What was the reason you had test to begin with? Of course, celiac disease needs to be ruled out, but dietary changes which affect the population of gas forming bacteria in the gut can also be in play. Your md will sort it out. ...Read more

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Stool is brown, formed and soft. Occ. Floats then sinks. Seems to have clear haze top of water. Had fecal fat test but not 72hr one. Fat malabsorption?

Stool is brown, formed and soft. Occ. Floats then sinks. Seems to have clear haze top of water. Had fecal fat test but not 72hr one. Fat malabsorption?

Malabsorption?: Usually excess fat in the stool will result in very foul smelling depositions and shiny (covered in oil) stool. Qualitative stool fat test is a good screening tool to detect fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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What is a high aliphatic carboxylate test result in fecal fat test indicative of? Reference value <25, mine 39.

What is a high aliphatic carboxylate test result in fecal fat test indicative of? Reference value <25, mine 39.

Not much, but...: ...here's a link for your consideration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboxylic_acid. Better yet, let's please start our discussion with what symptoms or signs you may be experiencing that prompted the testing in question. In other words, an isolated test result out of context has little value but we are happy to help if we understand your primary concerns. ...Read more

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For days I've noticed my stool has been coming out in bits that float and are unusually smelly. Did a fecal fat test but it came back normal?

For days I've noticed my stool has been coming out in bits that float and are unusually smelly. Did a fecal fat test but it came back normal?

Gas: Despite the stuff in books, floaters are almost always that way because of gas bubble content. This in turn has more to do with the chaos of gut flora, talking, gum chewing, and many other imponderables. If you trouble yourself over this stuff, you will just start making yourself feel sick. Go out and exercise hard and regular and ignore your stool unless it is obviously very abnormal ...Read more

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Doing a 72hr fecal fat test. If positive, what test would be next. Already had in last 2yrs. Normal colonoscopy, u.S., CT scan and other stool tests?

Doing a 72hr fecal fat test. If positive, what test would be next. Already had in last 2yrs. Normal colonoscopy, u.S., CT scan and other stool tests?

Malabsorption: A 72 hour fecal fat is to check for malabsorption. If it is positive, then the cause of malabsorption would need to be determined. The next test or tests would be determined by your symptoms, the results of earlier tests and the result of fecal fat test. ...Read more

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Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?

Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication  against pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is most uncommon at your age to begin with (it is not a common cancer in general). Normal blood tests and ct scan should reassure you that pancreatic cancer is not there. ...Read more

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Is a negative result on two separate qualitative fecal fat tests (one month apart) enough to rule out steatorrhea?

Is a negative result on two separate qualitative fecal fat tests (one month apart) enough to rule out steatorrhea?

Too a large degree!: Most people diagnose themselves by seeing oil and fat in the toilet. The tests are fairly accurate, so I do not see it as a problem. It does not typically come and go, although severity might! ...Read more

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My fecal breath has turned my life to hell. i was seen at GI clinic had upper endoscopy my doctor told me fecal breath isn't from stomach. ?

My fecal breath has turned my life to hell.  i was seen at GI clinic had upper endoscopy my doctor told me fecal breath isn't from stomach. ?

Bad breath is common: Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common complaint. There are many possible causes. An upper endoscopy, like you had, is probably one of the best ways to evaluate. The most common causes are esophageal reflux and gingivitis but a rare condition called Zenker's diverticulum is also a possibility. Since the endoscopy was negative you might try an oral rinse containing hydrogen peroxide. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the audiology test in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the audiology test in his clinic?

Depends: Many doctors have the training necessary to do this, but a lot of physicians don't have the equipment because there isn't enough need for it in their practice. I work with a lot of pediatricians, who send kids off for audiology tests often. However, they don't get enough need in their office to justify the expense of purchasing and maintaining the equipment. Best to call your doctor and ask. ...Read more

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