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The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp 782–791 | Cite as

Incidence of asymptomatic steatorrhea in adults

A preliminary report
  • Julius G. Parker
  • George Ross
Article

Summary

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.

Keywords

Public Health Barium Urinary Excretion Efficient Method Asymptomatic Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julius G. Parker
    • 1
  • George Ross
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of GastroenterologyDivision of Medicine and Laboratory Division, Montefiore HospitalNew York

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