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December 1935


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From the departments of pediatrics and pathology of the Presbyterian Hospital and of Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(6):1418-1428. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970120070006

Steatorrhea as a separate clinical entity seems not to be generally recognized. The term has been used in the description of several conditions having as a prominent symptom excessive amounts of fat in the feces. Under the heading "Steatorrhea" in the latest volumes of the "Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus" the reader is referred to "Celiac Disease," under which he finds references to articles under a great variety of titles. Most of the terms used are recognized as synonyms for celiac disease, but under such titles as "Congenital Steatorrhea," "Congenital Pancreatic Steatorrhea with Infantilism" and "Pancreatic Steatorrhea in Children" a disease may be described which has a symptomatology and a clinical course quite different from celiac disease as generally pictured.

Perhaps congenital steatorrhea is the best term, since it implies one of the chief characteristics of the disease. The symptoms are uniform. There are frequent and rather voluminous stools from the

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