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Fecal Fat Qualitative
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
Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?
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
Stool is alkaline: The best way to evaluate stool fat is by collecting 24 hours stool. The normal is less than 7 grams. The stool is usually alkaline so ph of 8.5 is not worrisome. ...Read more
I'm currently doing a 72 hr stool collection to test for fecal fat. Why is my stool steaming in the container?
Room: Temperature cooler than inner body temperature and its contents. Notice when there is fog coming out of a lake when is chilly in the morning? ...Read more
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
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
Floating, smelly, greasy stools for months. Normal fecal fat, pancreatic elastase, and mg, but higher volume on stool test. What could cause this?
Malabsorbtion: it could be an other type of malabsorbtion not just "steatorrea see a gastro for further work up. ...Read more
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