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My husband has had hard to flush smelly and oily stool what can be wrong?

My husband has had hard to flush smelly and oily stool what can be wrong?

Too much fat: Floating smelly stools are a sign of fat in the stool. This can result from poor digestion of fat in food, eg from a lack of an enzyme called lipase, which is made by the pancreas. There are several causes for this and you should see a gastrointestinal specialist if this continues . Can also try switching to a low fat diet for a couple of days to see what happens. ...Read more

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Is occasionally oily stool a problem?Maybe once in 20 times (very rough guess). Color normal and no other symptoms. Otherwise very healthy. Age 55.

Malabsorption.: Fat ("oil") in the stool usually suggests malabsorption, which does require an investigation as to cause. I hope you've had a colonoscopy by now. If not, that needs to be a part of this investigation. ...Read more

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Why would you have orange, oily stool?

Why would you have orange, oily stool?

Poly stool: Could be from fat malabsorption also called steatorhea . Can be associated with pancreatic disease or medications. ...Read more

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Why would I have dark orange oily stool?

Why would I have dark orange oily stool?

Fat droplet in stool: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, ; other factors. You are describing steatorrhea--due to maldigestion, pancreatic insufficiency, ingestion of olestra or orlistat, high fat intake... ...Read more

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Here the last week or so I have been having oily stools. They do not smell and the oily residue is clear. Not sure what it is?

High fat diet: This is very common when your diet has large amount of fat. Try a low fat diet (like vegetarian) for a few days and you'll see your stools change markedly. ...Read more

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Can you have malabsorption with no oily stool and normal perfectly normal albumin levels?

Can you have malabsorption with no oily stool and normal perfectly normal albumin levels?

Complex: Malabsorption can take several forms, depending on the underlying condition. You should have a stool sample reviewed, your fat soluble vitamin levels checked and your gallbladder and liver enzymes checked. Please see a good internal medicine doctor and gastroenteroloist if warranted. ...Read more

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Is having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) serious?

Get it checked.: Foods that can cause orange stools: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cilantro, thyme, kale, spinach, turnip greens & collards. Artificial food coloring & some meds (antacids) are other reasons. Inadequate bile, gallstones, blocked bile ducts, irritable bowel & diarrhea are possibilities especially with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation or abd.Discomfort. Stooling change warrants eval. ...Read more

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Could having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) be a serious issue?

Could having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) be a serious issue?

Vitamin Deficiencies: Vitamins A, D, E, K are fat-soluble and having steatorrhea could mean you would not be absorbing these vitamins and could result in deficiencies on these vitamins. ...Read more