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Are greasy stools a sign of colon cancer? My husbands father

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Are greasy stools a sign of colon cancer? My husband's father died from advanced bowel cancer and now my husband (age 57) is experiencing loose foul smelling stools. They frequently float and coat the lavatory bowl. He has lost weight although he eats well
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Greasy stool are in fact a sign of malabsorption.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

With weight loss and greasy stool he should visit the doctor ASAP to rule out malabsorption and possibly cancer as well if required.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Welcome!! Let me know if you have more questions.

Customer:

Please could you tell me a little about malabsorption

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes sure

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Malabsorption is when nutrients are not absorbed properly.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

For instance reduced absorption of fat leads to greasy stools.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The most common cause is celiac disease that can happen in adults and children as well.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But these patients will usually have associated diarrhea as well.

Customer:

Thank you. How can that be diagnosed? My husband does have diarrhea as well, but mainly in the morning

Dr. Shahzad MD :

That is diagnosed by blood tests to have a look at various things like hemoglobin, albumin, PT, APTT, iron, and antibody tests like anti-TTG antibody along with other antibodies.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

For a definitive diagnosis an upper GI endoscopy will be required.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

They will do a biopsy of small intestine when doing an upper GI endoscopy and send it to the histopathologist who will have a look at it under the microscope.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Are you with me?

Customer:

Yes, thank you I shall show my husband your answers and hopefully (you know men can take some time to consider going to their doctors?) he will agree to visit his GP so that he can get checked out

Dr. Shahzad MD :

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