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Case Reports
August 1938


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(2):336-343. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980140106012

Two years ago Parmelee1 reviewed briefly the literature on pancreatic steatorrhea and presented 2 cases of his own. Including his cases, we have been able to find 10 reported cases. It seems entirely possible, however, that in some cases the condition has been incorrectly diagnosed as celiac disease and for that reason the cases have never been reported in the literature or have been reported under a false diagnosis.

The earliest report of pancreatic steatorrhea was made by Garrod and Hurtley2 in 1913. They reported the cases of 2 brothers, only 1 of whom it was their good fortune to observe. The other had died earlier with symptoms suggestive of the disorder noted in the one whom they observed. The latter was in perfect health except for the passage of numerous large, pale yellow, foul-smelling stools containing obvious undigested fat. He apparently digested carbohydrate well, but when given