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What is steatorrhea?
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Dr. Edward Goldberg
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Goldberg
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