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MALABSORPTION-STEATORRHEA

Gastroenterology

MALABSORPTION-STEATORRHEA

1. Most prominent problem in malabsorption.

2. The 3-day, quantitative fecal fat measurement is the "gold standard" for determining steatorrhea - defined as > 14 g/d of fecal fat.

3. Steatorrhea from pancreatic insufficiency causes the most fecal fat (> 50 g/d). Any patient having > 40 g/d of fecal fat almost certainly has pancreatic insufficiency-barring history of intestinal resection, which can also increase fecal fat to these levels.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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