Topic: Tests & Procedures
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about fecal fat study. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS A FECAL FAT STUDY?
A fecal fat study is a 72-hour (three-day) stool collection to check for high fat in the stool. A calorie count is also done during the 72 hours. The study measures stool fat and the number of calories.
WHY ARE FECAL FAT STUDIES DONE?
Fecal fat studies are done when a patient:
• Has trouble gaining weight
• Always has problems with gas, stomach distention and bloating
• Has foul-smelling stools
HOW IS A FECAL FAT STUDY DONE?
1. The study begins when specified by the physician. It goes on for 72-hours (3-days).
2. A regular home diet is followed. Special changes cannot be made during the study. If something different happens such as the patient becoming ill and going on a liquid diet, the study is cancelled.
3. You will be given special containers to collect stool. One is to use in the toilet. The others are to place the stool in for collection. Please help the staff by letting them know when a stool is available for collection.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE TEST?
The test results will be looked at by your doctor and a dietitian. They will decide if any changes in diet are needed. The dietitian will talk to you about any changes in the diet that may need to be made. This information will be given to you as soon as possible.
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