3 doctors weighed in:

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

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified,
38 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors