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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Fecal Fat, Stool

Clinical Significance

Excessive Fat in stool, steatorrhea, is useful in diagnosing patients with malabsorption and maldigestion, e.g., pancreatic failure. In addition, results may be useful in monitoring patients receiving exogenous enzyme therapy for chronic diarrhea.

Test Name

Fecal Fat, Stool

Test Code

FATL

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

Titration

Turn Around Time

Bi-weekly

Specimen Type

Feces

Minimum Specimen Requirements

100 gram

Storage/Transportation

Contact Lab

Special Requirements

The patient must be on a Fat balance study where the Fat Intake is monitored and recorded for the duration of the stool collection. Data must be provided by the Dietician-Nutritionist, specifically fat consumed in grams/day. Stool collections are obtained over a minimum of 3 days up to 5 days.

Approval is not required

CPT Codes

827

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

Premature infant : <0.20
Term : <0.15
>3mo : <0.10