Steatorrhoea is a fatty stool. The faecal matter is frothy, foul-smelling, and floats due to high-fat content. It occurs typically on patient with malabsorption syndromes. Sometimes, it may accompany fecal incontinence where an oily anal leakage occurs. It is commonly caused by an improper fat digestion or absorption due to certain conditions (e.g. exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, inadequate or absence of bile salts, disease in the small intestine) or medications (drugs that block fat absorption). Variant: steatorrhea.
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