A fecal fat test is done to find out whether fat is being properly absorbed by your child’s intestines. Your child will need to have a high fat diet for 2 days before the test and continue during the 3 days of stool collection. You will be recording the foods your child eats and collecting stool for the testing period. What to feed your child. If your baby is taking formula only, it will provide enough fat in the diet. If baby foods are part of his or her daily diet, add margarine to the vegetables and gravy to the meats. Measure all the food and liquid your child eats and drinks while on this diet.
Measure all the food and liquid your child eats and drinks while on this diet. If another container is needed, please contact Laboratory Services at You can have 2 types of fecal tat tests: qualitative and quantitative.
If you have a fever, cough, new loss of taste and smell, shortness of breath or have been in contact with a person known or suspected to have Coronavirus COVID, please call the clinic before coming to your appointment. Malabsorption is a medical condition that means fat in the diet and also proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins may not be absorbed properly. Absorption is the transfer of nutrients into the bloodstream from the intestine. The bloodstream then carries these nutrients to the areas of the body where they are needed. Malabsorption may be caused by disorders of the pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. The best way to make the diagnosis is to measure the amount of fat in the stool. The fat content is usually measured each day for three consecutive days. To get an effective test result, it is necessary to eat grams of fat each day for six days. This begins three days before the test and continues for the three days during the test. This fat load challenges the intestine to absorb fat. If absorption is normal, up to 6 grams of the grams would be passed with the stool over 24 hours, and the rest would be absorbed in the intestine. Malabsorption is suspected when fat in the stool is in excess of 6 grams.
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