Incidence of asymptomatic steatorrhea in adults
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1. A survey of 230 essentially well patients by use of the serum carotene level as a screening index, disclosed five asymptomatic patients in whom gross steatorrhea was present—an incidence of 2.3 per cent.
2. Other tests for determining abnormality of small-bowel function, such as radioactive triolein,D-xylose urinary excretion and, barium meal studies correlated rather poorly with the chemical determination of stool fat.
3. Serum carotene level is considered to be a simple and efficient method of screening for steatorrhea.
4. It is suggested that asymptomatic steatorrhea is a more frequent occurrence than has been suspected.
KeywordsPublic Health Barium Urinary Excretion Efficient Method Asymptomatic Patient
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