Fecal Fat, Qualitative : 1000344

Test Code
FFAT or 1000344

Alias/See Also
Fecal Fat, random

CPT Codes

Patient should be on a diet containing at least 60 grams of fat. The patient should not use suppositories or mineral oil before the specimen is collected. Oily material (e.g., creams, lubricants, etc.) should be avoided prior to collection of the specimen. Administration of barium, bismuth, Metamucil, castor oil, or mineral oil should be avoided within 1 week prior to collection of the specimen.

Collect Random stool.

Transport Container
Place 5 grams stool (Min. 1 gram) in a clean screw capped container.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 4 days; Frozen: 2 weeks

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Transport media, preservatives, or diapers are not acceptable.

Heat, Stain, Microscopy

Setup Schedule
Monday - Friday

Report Available
1-4 days

Reference Range

Clinical Significance
Detection of steatorrhea is useful for the diagnosis of pancreatic insufficiency and small bowel disorders that cause malabsorption. Steatorrhea may be present in both maldigestion and malabsorption conditions. The procedure can also be used to monitor patients undergoing treatment for malabsorption disorders.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.