Steatorrhea occurs in stools where the fat content is unusually high. Because fat floats in water, the stool with high percentage of fat also floats in the water. The stool is usually frothy and foul-smelling.
Steatorrhea is common in digestive and absorptive disorders.
Steatorrhea can be identified by a number of symptoms:
Testing for the root problem causing floating stools is difficult because there are many different digestive problems can cause steatorrhea. Typical tests are
Once the cause of the floating stools is diagnosed, dietary and medical options can be determined by the doctor. Here are some common causes are treatments for floating poop. Floating stools due to chronic pancreatitis are sometimes treated by digestive enzymes that can help in the digestions of fat.