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Why does pancreatitis cause a 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 pancreatitis is present and fat malabsorption, or steatorrhea, ensues.

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 pancreatitis is present and fat malabsorption, or steatorrhea, ensues.
Dr. Edward Goldberg
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