Steatorrhea and Definition

Steatorrhea – excessive excretion of fat in the stool. Steatorrheic stools are often foamy and foulsmelling, and tend to break apart and float in the toilet bowl. Steatorrhea is a symptom of numerous gastrointestinal disorders including malabsorptionceliac diseasegallbladder diseasepancreatitis, and liver disease. Treating the causative condition ends the steatorrhea.

See also CONSTIPATIONCYSTIC FIBROSISDIARRHEA.

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