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What is steatorrhea?

What is steatorrhea?

Fat malabsorption: Steatorrhea means that there is fat in the stool. The pancreas secretes an enzyme, lipase, into the small intestine in response to ingestion of a fatty meal. The secretion of lipase is impaired when the pancreas is affected by conditions like pancreatitis, gall stones that get stuck, or pancreas cancer. Other causes exist, such as infection of the small intestine or crohn disease. ...Read more

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Fatty Stool (Definition)

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How is steatorrhea caused?

How is steatorrhea caused?

Steatorrhea causes : Steatorrhea that is persistent may result from diseases affecting the biliary tract, pancreas, or intestines. The answer to your question will not fit in the space allotted so please go to this link: http://www.Localhealth.Com/article/steatorrhea/causes for more information. ...Read more

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What is most common cause of steatorrhea?

Fat malabsorption: Steatorrhea means that there is fat in the stool. The pancreas secretes an enzyme, lipase, into the small intestine in response to ingestion of a fatty meal. The secretion of lipase is impaired when the pancreas is affected by conditions like pancreatitis, gall stones that get stuck, or pancreas cancer. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of steatorrhea?

Steatrrhea: The following l conditions are some of the possible causes of steatorrhea. Fat malabsorption disorder Chronic pancreatitis Small bowel disorder Celiac disease Congenital insufficiency of pancreatic lipase HIV infection Sprue Cystic fibrosis Lactose intolerance Malabsorption of fats in sm ...Read more

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Do they have to hire people who have steatorrhea?

Do they have to hire people who have steatorrhea?

Steatorrhea: I would, if they are experienced and hardworking & reliable. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get steatorrhea at 24 years old?

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

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Why does pancreatitis cause a steatorrhea?

Why does pancreatitis cause a steatorrhea?

Fat malabsorption: Steatorrhea means that there is fat in the stool. The pancreas secretes an enzyme, lipase, into the small intestine in response to ingestion of a fatty meal. The secretion of lipase is impaired when pancreatitis is present and fat malabsorption, or steatorrhea, ensues. ...Read more

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What are the causes of steatorrhea and what is cure for it?

Fat in the stool: Assuming there is no jaundice. Either the pancreas is not producing its enzymes (old or new pancreatitis, adult-onset cystic fibrosis, blocked duct, cancer) or the small intestine is not absorbing as it should (celiac sprue, tropical sprue, don't miss whipple's, several others). Treat the cause. ...Read more

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Can listeria cause steatorrhea?

Can listeria cause steatorrhea?

Not typically: The acute infection consists of fever and watery diarrhea. You may have other bowel disease if you are poorly absorbing fat. Be seen. All the best. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis can cause steatorrhea but why?

Cirrhosis can cause steatorrhea but why?

Not always: Not all type of cirrhosis cause steatorrhea. Certain type of cirrhosis, such as cirrhosis due to primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis can cause impaired absorption of certain vitamin which in turn can cause steatorrhea. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for steatorrhea?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for steatorrhea?

Depends: Steatorrhea can have many causes. Pancreatic insufficiency, a condition where no enzymes to digest the food you eat are secreted by the pancreas, is treated with supplemental pancreatic enzymes that are taken with each meal. Other causes include celiac disease, crohn's disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, short bowel syndrome. All of these conditions require different treatments. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get steatorrhea off and on?

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

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What is the specific name of the test for diagnosing steatorrhea?

Fecal fat: The word steatorrhea means "fat runs through you".The basic lab test is an examination of the stool for the presence of fat. Otherwise called a fecal fat study. ...Read more

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Is steatorrhea common for obese people. I never had this problem til I gained a lot of weight.

Steatorrhea: Not common but it may happen. Your weight gain is an issue and you must soon see your primary doctor. You might also be seen by a nurse practitioner once the doctor has finished your evaluation and management. ...Read more

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I think I have steatorrhea. I have oil at top of toilet bowl. How will steatorrhea be diagnosed?

I think I have steatorrhea. I have oil at top of toilet bowl. How will steatorrhea be diagnosed?

Stool fat test: by collecting your stool and having the lab examine it. talk to a doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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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

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Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Floating stool: Floating stool is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. Diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more. Exposures? Travel? Persistently altered bowel habits deserve medical attention ; evaluation please. ...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