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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Diarrhea: Your descriptions are too vague to warrant an appropriate answer. My advice would be to see your local doctor and if necessary be referred to a GI doc ... Read More

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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
What tests?: You get the most from this site when you provide detailed information on your issue before your question. There is more than one way to evaluate absor ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The lab can do some refined testing to determine the strain. Pseudomonas is an occasional finding in a normal kids stool. It is not particularly worri ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No, but: Avoid providing a stool sample if you either have diarrhoea or constipation, give the sample when you have regular bowel habits. Ask the lab about ins ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
39 years experience Pathology
Stool exam parasites: Stool samples for parasites are examined by a variety of techniques, but the sensitivity depends mostly on the level of infection (heavy vs. light) an ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
39 years experience Pathology
Vague: First provide as complete a story and data to your doctor. It may be trivial, or possibly significant. Please re-ask your question with more informati ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Stool test: The gold standard of a celiac diagnosis is an esophageal biopsy. Stool tests are not very reliable.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Please clarify: dozens of different tests can be done each with many possible results and meanings. It is your right to get an explanation now.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
17 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually: You do not need to fill the container. As long as there is a decent amount you should be fine.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Stool test: It depends what the stool test is for, but it can be kept in the fridge for some time before it is trasported to the lab for testing.

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