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What can cause fat malabsorption?

What can cause fat malabsorption?

Some infections...: ...Or sometimes the pancreas does not make enough of the enzyme lipase (as in cystic fibrosis). ...Read more

Malabsorption (Definition)

Inadequate digestion of fat, carbohydrate and protein absorption. Sx are lbm, abdominal bloating , gas ...Read more


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If you are not losing weight can you still have a fat malabsorption problem?

Possible: Whether you would lose weight or not depends on how severe the malabsorption problem is and how much food you are taking in. Thus in a case of mild malabsorption, one may not lose weight at all. ...Read more

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Could a fat malabsorption problem be from cancer?

Yes: Rarely, a pancreatic tumor can block the duct and presents with maldigestion, which may seem to be malabsorption. Get with a trustworthy physician if you have any reason to believe you have steatorrhea. Most often, it's due to a problem with bile, or a mucosal problem with the gut (Crohn's, gluten enteropathy, Whipple's, etc.) ...Read more

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Would one be maintaining or gaining weight if they had fat malabsorption?

Lose: Generally one loses weight with this condition.Ask for your doctor for further information as to why and what to do. ...Read more

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Fat malabsorption and malabsorption of vitamin d?

Fat malabsorption and malabsorption of vitamin d?

Vitamin D: Vitamins a, d, e and k are fat soluble. Vitamin d is largely photosynthesized by uv light. Fat malabsorption can contribute to vitamin d deficiency. Low vitamin d affects calcium absorption from the gut and kidney. ...Read more

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Coeliac D trying to gain weight,there is fat malabsorption, is there any way to ameliorate this other than bile acid sequester? Thank you any tips ?

Time: If you have truly avoided all gluten, the small intestine will eventually heal up and start absorbing the nutrients within a few months at the latest. Just give it time. If you still fail to gain weight after 3 months, check with your GI again to see if there may be something else causing your weight loss issue. ...Read more

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Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, i cannot think of any other issue, :-( that connects?

Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, i cannot think of any other issue, :-( that connects?

I doubt it: In the absence of raynaud's / skin changes prior to malabsorption, i'd be surprised if this was scleroderma. ANA especially at low-titer 1:80 very likely means nothing. Other causes of malabsorption are fairly common & can be worked up. Mild orthostatic tachycardia is probably more common than we think. I appreciate your research but i'd keep looking for answers & staying optimistic. ...Read more

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Does floating stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Does floating  stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more