There are a number of digestive issues that can cause a person to have the appearance of oily bowel movements. In this article, I'd like to share some thoughts and ideas with you of what they might be.
One of the things that can cause oily bowel movements is pancreatitis. Pancreatitis not only has a lot of abdominal pain associated with it, but can cause nausea, vomiting, and after eating you usually feel worse. If the pancreatitis is chronic, you lose weight quickly without trying to, along with smelly oily stools. Pancratitis is caused by too much alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, cystic fibrosis, and gallstones.
Cystic Fibrosis in kids can cause them to have oily stools and very foul smelling stools. The abdominal area is often distended or bloated in appearance and these babies have no weight gain, or very little. There is also dominantly, lung symptoms such as a lot of coughing, wheezing, and trouble in breathing. The fingers are also clubbed many times in kids that have cystic fibrosis.
There is one disorder in particular of interest that can really create oily stools. It is called Hypolipoproteinemia. This abnormality is genetic, and causes children to not have any normal growth, and be retarded. What is happening in this medical genetic condition is that lipid levels are far below normal, thus causing the body and digestive systems to have many medical problems and also creating brain problems.
Cholestasis is another problem causing oily stools and also foul smelling stools. In this condition, the bile either stops producing or does not produce anywhere near enough. So there is an abnormality taking place between both your liver and the duodenum. Other symptoms of this disorder is your skin itching, dark urine, and a jaundiced appearance of eyes and skin. Viral hepatitis B and C can cause Cholestasis.
Another serious cause of oily stools in newborn babies is called Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Babies may throw up green, yellow, or a rusty colored phlegm, and be extremely ill, showing fatigue. This is usually a condition occuring in babies that are premature.
Celiac sprue is a disorder where gluten cannot be absorbed and digested properly in people. This disorder causes a person stomach aches, diarrhea, oily stool and foul smelling stools, since the lining of intestines become inflamed. It can also cause weakness, and fatigue along with poor calcium absorption. In order to get better, treatments need to be made by the doctor and a dietitian with the right diet plan for proper nourishment.
So these are the main types of causes where oily stool and other symptoms occur. If you are concerned about any of these possibilities, contact your doctor very soon.