- Last Update On : 2013-02-23
Steatorrhea may be caused by a number of pancreatic and intestinal disorders. Excretion of greater than 7 grams of fat per 24 hours, when on a diet of 100 to 150 grams of fat, is suggestive of a malabsorption defect.
Patient preparation is very important. For 3 days prior to and during the collection period, the patient should:
- Be on a fat controlled diet.
- Not consume any laxatives
- Avoid synthetic fat substitutes or fat blocking nutritional supplements.
Barium interferes with the test procedure and a waiting period of 48 hours is recommended before stool collection.