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Fat, faeces

Alternate test name

Fecal Fat

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - General
Method and equipment
Expected turn-around time
STAT/ Urgent :Every 2 weeks Routine: 28 Days
Specimen type


Specimen requirements

100 gram

Storage and transportation

Contact Lab

Special requirements

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.

Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and clinical significance

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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