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Constant floating stools but no other symptoms Could it be caused by malabsorbtion

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 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 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 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 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 14-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Maybe, why do it?: Pepto also has bismuth in it, which should not be taken in excess. If you are self-treating ongoing GI symptoms, should see a Dr for evaluation and tr ... 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
STOP being: a STOOL WATCHER!!!!! MANY substances pass into the stool unchanged (eg nuts , corn, etc) and mucous is a NORMAL part of stool (excreted by an irrita ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not necessarily: Stool examination is usually done to test for fat mal-absorption. It does not exclude all forms of mal-absorption.

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