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Gastroenterology. 1982 Mar;82(3):564-8.

Ox bile treatment of severe steatorrhea in an ileectomy-ileostomy patient.


Bile salt therapy is not used in patients with steatorrhea due to bile salt deficiency because of fear that severe diarrhea would be caused or exacerbated. We report a patient who previously had had colectomy, partial ileectomy, and ileostomy for Crohn's disease. She had severe steatorrhea due to bile salt deficiency and severe diarrhea (the latter apparently due to fatty acid inhibition of electrolyte and water absorption). The diarrhea was improved by loperamide, but severe steatorrhea and malnutrition persisted. The steatorrhea and malnutrition were corrected by ox bile, without an increase in diarrhea. Presumably, the deleterious effect of bile salts per se on small bowel absorption of water and electrolytes was mitigated by correction of fat malabsorption. At least in this patient, bile salt therapy was highly beneficial.

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