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What can cause oily substance floating in toilet water after

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What can cause oily substance floating in toilet water after bowel movement? I am guessing malabsorption?
Can constipation cause malabsorption? I've been a touch constipated lately. Thanks!
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abid replied 5 years ago.
Hi there....
Floating oily substance in stools is highly suggestive of fat malabsorption,constipation is not the reason of fat malabsorption,you should need to once consult Gastroentrologist to know the reason of fat malabsorption.So that exact treatment may be offered to you.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks. I went to my gp had blood work, ct scan, x-rays, etc. All normal.
Can IBS cause malabsorption? If not, what are some of the causes of malabsorption? Thanks!
Expert:  Dr. Abid replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for your follow up question.
IBS is highly unlikely the reason of malabsorption.\Other common reasons are infections like parasitic infections,tropical sprue,crohns disease,deficiency of digestive enzymes or structural abnormalities of intestinal villi that helps in absorption.
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