Fat Malabsorption

It is the most common type of malabsorption. Fats that aren’t absorbed in the small intestine enter the colon, causing fatty stools (steatorrhea). Fatty stools are greasy and runny and primarily smelly.

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Why am I experiencing rapid weight loss and different stool color?

Query: Hello doctor, About 18 months ago, my stomach distended, and my stool turned from brown to light brown and eventually yellow. After that, I started to lose weight at a rapid rate, 40 lbs in 15 months. I was given multiple blood tests, an upper endoscopy, and abdominal ultrasounds. The only thing of...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of your weight loss could be maldigestion, malabsorption or systemic illness. Improper digestion occurs due to a lack of pancreatic enzymes secretion. Malabsorption occurs due to intestinal issues, for example, Celiac disease, infection or inflammation of t...  Read Full »

How to treat chronic steatorrhea?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some doubts regarding short gut syndrome. I have done GI resection from distal ileum to proximal colon when I was a kid due to necrotizing enterocolitis. I have chronic steatorrhea. On one hand, binding bile salts improves diarrhea and it also diminishes the pool of bile salts that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not appear that you have a removal of gall bladder. So taking exogenous bile salts will not help you. Steatorrhea can be managed by taking medium or short-chain fatty acids. Consult a dietician to know some other options. Cholestyramine is prescribed for diarrhe...  Read Full »

Can excess gas cause floating stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old male. I have noticed floating stools for about two months. This may have been going on longer, but I just noticed two months ago and historically, this is not normal for me. Consistency is solid with somewhat limited quantity and more like you would expect with constipa...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are consistent with malabsorption of fat and lactose intolerance. There are various causes of malabsorption and indeed lactose intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency and gallbladder dysfunction are some of the well known causes. Bloating and soft...  Read Full »

Suffering from floating stool and stomach pain. How can I help myself to get better?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a diabetic patient (type 1) for the past 12 years. I have never suffered from floating stool for such a prolonged time. I am suffering from this problem for the past six months. I am suffering from excessive gas and frequently get stomach aches. Can you please let me know the proble...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern for your symptoms. Floating stool is suggestive of abnormal digestion and absorption of fat from the diet which leads to an excess amount of fat in the stool.Stomach ache and gas are suggestive of indigestion due to lack of intestinal dige...  Read Full »

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