Steatorrhea

Below you will find more information about Steatorrhea from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Steatorrhea it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Steatorrhea and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Steatorrhea comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Steatorrhea is a medical condition wherein there is an increased fat excretion in feces. It is characterized by the formation of non-solid feces, floating stools due to excess fat from malabsorption, or the occurrence of an oily anal leakage, or some level of fecal incontinence.

Diagnosis

To diagnose steatorrhea, medical history, and stool sample diagnosis may be helpful.

Treatment

The treatment for steatorrhea are prescription medicine and a healthy diet.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms include : formation of non-solid feces, floating stools due to excess fat from malabsorption, or the occurrence of an oily anal leakage, or some level of fecal incontinence.

Causes

The possible causes of steatorrhea are lack of bile acids, defective mucosal cells, and defects in pancreatic juices. This condition may also be attributed to malabsorption, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, chronic pancreatitis, bacterial overgrowth, short bowel syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and abuse or misuse of certain prescribed slimming pills.

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