This is a question I am way to embarrassed to ask my own physician about face to face. On occasion, I have bouts of Oily Stools. It leaves oil slicks around the water in the bowl. Does it always mean that you have pancreatitis? Couldn
Possible causes can include chronic pancreatitis as well as malabsorption. Tests to evaluate this would be sending the stool off for fecal fat tests. Another test for malabsorption would be a blood test looking for celiac disease.
Pancreatitis can be evaluated via blood pancreatic enzymes - such as amylase and lipase. Imaging studies can also be used to evaluate for pancreatic calcifications (suggestive of chronic pancreatitis).
If negative, I would consider a colonoscopy for further evaluation.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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