Journal of the Korean Pediatric Society 2002;45(3):320-324.
Published online March 15, 2002.
Acid Steatocrit in Korean Infants
Ji He Park, So Chung Chung, Jun Soup Song, Kyo Sun Kim
Department Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea
한국 영아의 Acid Steatocrit에 대한 연구
박지혜, 정소정, 송준섭, 김교순
건국대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Correspondence: 
Kyo Sun Kim, Email: kimkyo@kkucc.konkuk.ac.kr
Abstract
Purpose
: Steatorrhea tests have been developed using various methods. Acid steatocrit is a simple method to detect steatorrhea and has very high sensitivity and specificity. This present study was designed to establish the normal values of acid steatocrit in Korean infants and to find the difference according to the various feeding methods.
Methods
: Acid steatocrit tests were conducted on 128 infants who were under 12 months of age and who had non-specific gastrointestinal diseases between May 1998 and April 2001. The results were classified into neonatal ages(79 neonates), 1-6 months(28 infants), 7-12 months(21 infants). This included formula-fed(46 neonates) and human milk-fed(33 neonates), 1-6 months formula-fed (18 infants) and human milk-fed(10 infants), 7-12 months formula-fed(11 infants) and human milk-fed(10 infants).
Results
: The acid steatocrit values decreased by infant age in months. Acid steatocrit values decreased much more after 7 months of ages. The acid steatocrit values of human milk-fed infants were significantly lower than those of formula-fed infants.
Conclusion
: Our study confirms that a physiologic steatorrhea was found in the infant period and decreases by infant age of months. The acid steatocrit test might be useful for the evaluation of gastrointestinal milk fat malabsorption disorders and therapeutic effects.
Key Words: Acid steatocrit, Physiologic steatorrhea, Infant


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