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What does it mean when your stool smells like ammonia

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Foul smelling stool: Ammonia smelling stool may be seen with constipation as is due purification of protein due to overgrowth of intestinal bacteria .A change to a high fi... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Ammonia smelling stools can be attributed to bacteria overgrowth or nitrogen being insufficiently digested or improperly metabolized. When food is ins... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Goloff
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Curious: This could be due to a fistula between the bowel and bladder allowing urine to pass in to the stools. This is a surgical problem. Rarely liver disease... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes : A deficiency in the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase (which converts ammonia to glutamate ) will result in accumulation of ammonia in the body and its ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Not sure I can: help you but clostridium difficile colitis as well as bacterial dystentery have been known to cause such smells. We need further information about yo... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 10 years experience
fistula: Most commonly, recurrent uti's, fouls smelling urine, fecal material or fiber in the urine, passage of air during voiding, abdominal pain may or may n... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Not clear: How can you be tested for halitosis? Are you referring to a device which samples sulfur based compounds? If so it can be dependent upon when you are t... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Bacteria: Ammonia in the gut is produced by bacteria; if you have a strong ammonia smell, it may be secondary to chronic bacterial overgrowth. Alternatively, ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical 50 years experience
Ammonia Smell: The most likely cause is a change in your intestinal bacterial flora. However, is it possible that the smell is actually from your urine? You can easi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faiz Shakir
Gastroenterology 16 years experience
See answer: high protein intake can be one cause. Also, recent antibiotic use causing a change in the bacterial environment in your bowels responsible for breakin... Read More