Malabsorption Syndrome Evaluation
The evaluation of malabsorption begins with a history and physical exam. The physical examination in someone with malabsorption is usually normal, except for weight loss.
Testing may be necessary to exclude conditions that may cause symptoms similar to malabsorption.
Tests that may be used to evaluate malabsorption include:
- Complete blood count
- Kidney profile
- Stool cultures
- Stool guaiac:
- Stool testing for minute quantities of blood
- Stool tests to measure fats and proteins in the stool
- Sweat chloride test:
- Used to screen for cystic fibrosis
Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate malabsorption include
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