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What is most common cause of 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.

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.
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