About Faecal fat
What is a faecal fat test?
The test measures the level of fat in faeces and is used to investigate conditions causing malabsorption. Fats are broken down in the digestive tract first in the stomach, then in the intestines. The stomach produces acid which contributes to the digestive process, whilst the pancreas produces enzymes and the liver produces bile. Insufficient amounts of enzymes and bile results in loss of nutrients in the faeces. Symptoms of malabsorption include abdominal pain, bloating, loose fatty stools and persistent diarrhoea. Causes of malabsorption include coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic pancreatitis.
Why take the test?
This test measures the level of fat in faeces to investigate the cause of malabsorption, such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic pancreatitis.
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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