DOUGLAS G. CAMERON, M.D.; E. H. BENSLEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; PHYLLIS WOOD, B.SC.
During the past two years we have found idiopathic steatorrhea in eight adults, none of whom had bowel symptoms to suggest the diagnosis. It seems reasonable to refer to the disorder as latent steatorrhea. These individuals presented with one or more of the following conditions: tetany, frank osteomalacia, unexplained megalocytic anemia and iron deficiency. Steatorrhea was demonstrated in each case by careful fat balance studies. Celiac disease without diarrhea was described in children in 1923.1 Since then, steatorrhea in adults without bowel symptoms has been mentioned incidentally by several authors.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 However, latent steatorrhea has not
CAMERON DG, BENSLEY EH, WOOD P. LATENT STEATORRHEA1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:553–558. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-3-553
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(3):553-558.
Celiac Disease and Malabsorption, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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