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.
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.
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