Steatorrhea history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vindhya BellamKonda, M.B.B.S [2]


Mild steatorrhea can manifest as passage of frothy, foul smelling stool, greasy in appearance and difficult to flush, abdominal pain, bloating, heart burn. if severe it may cause malnutrition , dehydration, anemia, muscle weakness, weight loss, skin problems, neurological problems, osteoporosis.

History and Symptoms

Mild steatorrhea:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Severe(or) chronic diarrhea


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  7. Yamamoto-Furusho, J.K.; Bosques-Padilla, F.; de-Paula, J.; Galiano, M.T.; Ibañez, P.; Juliao, F.; Kotze, P.G.; Rocha, J.L.; Steinwurz, F.; Veitia, G.; Zaltman, C. (2017). "Diagnóstico y tratamiento de la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal: Primer Consenso Latinoamericano de la Pan American Crohn's and Colitis Organisation". Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 82 (1): 46–84. doi:10.1016/j.rgmx.2016.07.003. ISSN 0375-0906.

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