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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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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