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should my stool float

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Likely yes: Have you been losing weight? Is the stool exceptionally foul smelling? Floating stool may be an indication of fat malabsorption. If you have diarrhea, ... Read More
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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
38 years experience General Surgery
Not abnormal: No need to worry if stools float or sink. It depends on what you eat.

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
White: Mucus may be what you're seeing and it's not necessarily ab normal. Your physician can arrange to have your stool specimen examined at the lab to chec ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Usually nothing: You'd get the idea from reading that floating stools mean malabsorption. If you actually have that, you'd know you're sick. Usually they float because ... Read More
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Fat or mucous: This could be undigested fat/oil. Your intestine may not be processing fat properly (especially if it is an ongoing issue). Or it might just be the co ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Loose floating stool: Floating stool is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. Diet plays a considerable role in stool comp ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Camacho
24 years experience Family Medicine
Floating stool: Stool floats based on the amount of buoyant material in it such as plant matter and more often fat and grease. A stool that is very fatty may be an i ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julian Bennett
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Likely ok: floating stools usually mean hi fat content in the stool. i would expect that you notice the floating stools after a fatty meal. your prior GI surgeri ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenny Chuu
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Indigestible: Hi, These are likely indigestible materials which can be seen with certain types of laxatives/daily fiber supplements. Things in your stool always com ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
42 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
In the absence of: other GI symptoms it is probably not anything to worry about. If it persists for more than a week you should see a health care provider for a thorough ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Food you consume: Some component of your food.
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