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Are floating stools caused by malabsorbtion of fat

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Floaters: 99% of floating stools are caused by trapped gas . This is the truth in spite of what you might pick up from 'pop' accounts. It happens to me if i che ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Lages
68 years experience Rheumatology
Gastroenterologist: There is more than one cause for malabsorption syndrome and you need to see a board certified gastroenterologist who can properly diagnose and treat.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably not: But floating stool is only one potential manifestation of malabsorption and may occur in the absence of malabsorption.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
23 years experience Pediatrics
No fat in stool: If a qualitative test was negative then that meant there was no fat present in the stool at a detectable level. A quantitative test for the same thing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
36 years experience General Practice
NO: It depends on the amount of malabsorption and the amount of fat in the diet and the underlying condition.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Stool in fat malabsorption tends to float and be greasy (besides smelly)- on the lighter side it will not smoke unless you light a match to it :). S ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Doesn't sound right: People with fat malabsorption typically have foul smelling, loose, and floating stools. Eating more fat only exacerbates the problem. Typically asso ... Read More
A 14-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jean Yared
Specializes in Medical Oncology
Possibly: Overdose of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause diarrhea. Please hold it and consult with your doctor of why you're taking it everyday and ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
36 years experience General Practice
Stool fat: There are many malabsorption tests. One is a stool 72 hour collection of fat- you collect all the stool and the lab determines how much fat is in the ... Read More

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