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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Stool Appearance

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If a toddler had "coffee grounds" stool, would it be obvious? Would the entire stool have the appearance of grounds or a few pieces mixed into stool?

If a toddler had "coffee grounds" stool, would it be obvious? Would the entire stool have the appearance of grounds or a few pieces mixed into stool?

Coffee ground stool: Coffee ground stool in a toddler can have an entire stool of coffee grounds as well as having coffee grounds mixedin the stool. ...Read more

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Don't think i poop regularly. What can I do/eat to have my stool in a regular appearance and poop regularly/routinely?

Don't think i poop regularly. What can I do/eat to have my stool in a regular appearance and poop regularly/routinely?

Unnecessary Obsess: I would talk to your mom. In all of the questions and descriptions you have been putting on here there is not one piece of evidence of disease, medical condition, or of any concern that would require a medical appointment. ...Read more

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What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

May be blood: Coffee grounds substance appearing in loose bowel movements may be digested blood from a bleed higher up in the intestinal tract. Blood in you gastrointestinal tract can act almost like a laxative and make you go looser than usual. I would get evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have abnormal stool, what to do?

I have abnormal stool, what to do?

Change is stool: Habitus is an indication for medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with abnormal stool. What is this?

I've been diagnosed with abnormal stool. What is this?

You tell us: The word 'abnormal' is not in any way descriptive enough to give you a valid medical answer. What do you mean specifically by 'abnormal'? ...Read more

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Hello, I am 27yr old female, over the last few months my stools have been very black and are tar like in appereance? What could his be?.

Hello, I am 27yr old female, over the last few months my stools have been very black and are tar like in appereance? What could his be?.

Make sure...: It is not blood in the bowel, e g. From bleeding ulcer. Some meds, like bismuth, iron, charcoal, arsenic ( we don't use that one anymore), can cause black stool. Need to see md asap. ...Read more

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My stool has looked deep green and a little furry. Is that normal / abnormal or what? Does it mean that something is wrong? That is all for now.

My stool has looked deep green and a little furry.  Is that normal / abnormal or what?  Does it mean that something is wrong? That is all for now.

Let me explain: Stool comes in a range of colors. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition.
Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely.
Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements. ...Read more

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Abnormal stool test results.. Worried, what to do?

Abnormal stool test results.. Worried, what to do?

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 information. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results.. Worried?

Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results.. Worried?

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. ...Read more

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I have had abnormal stool color... Its been white fot a week? Why would that be?

Liver: There is likely a problem with your liver. You should see your doctor for testing. Bilirubin, which comes from the liver is yellow in color and is normally broken down in the GI tract. It gives stool it's dark brown color. If there is a blockage of bile or decreased production from liver then stool looks clay white. ...Read more

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My stool sample was said to be a bit abnormal and just a little bit out what is normal and healthy is this something I should worry about ?

My stool sample was said to be a bit abnormal and just a little bit out what is normal and healthy is this something I should worry about ?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been useful to have the actual test results as your statement does not provide any information even about what test was done. Talk to the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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What could cause abnormal stool (blood)?

What could cause abnormal stool (blood)?

Get checked please: Blood per rectum, separate from or associated with stool regardless of age of the sufferer, is never normal. As such, and although the cause is likely easily explained (e.g. Hemorrhoids, anal fissure), it must be evaluated so serious pathology is not missed or diagnosis delayed. ...Read more

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I was wondering are round ball-like stools abnormal?

I was wondering are round ball-like stools abnormal?

Probably fine: Stools can be round and ball-like. If you are concerned about them, you should try to increase the fiber and liquid in your diet. Sometimes even a fiber supplement such as Metamucil would be useful. You probably will see your stools bulk up if you do that. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should i do to treat permanent constipation and irregular time of stool passing.

What should i do to treat permanent constipation and irregular time of stool passing.

See below: Constipation is a very common problem particular in Western society. Common associated issues are not enough water and not enough fruits and vegetables. High-fiber can be very helpful in constipation but it must be associated with water.

Several questions would help diagnose your problem. To include how often you normally move your bowels. Do you normally have a problem with constipation? Do you ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 6 months ago- clear no abnormalities. Stool still abnormal - sometimes really thin, sometimes blood streaked?

Colonoscopy 6 months ago- clear no abnormalities. Stool still abnormal - sometimes really thin, sometimes blood streaked?

Internal hemorrhoids: Colonoscopy can mix issues in the distal rectum. You might have internal hemorrhoids so I suggest a simple sigmoidoscopy or even proctoscopy to assure there in nothing going on lower down. ...Read more

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What foods most likely can give you abnormal amounts of soft stool and gas?

What foods most likely can give you abnormal amounts of soft stool and gas?

GI gas: Prunes, ripe peaches, ripe apricots --- dairy if lactose intolerant- -- beans create gas from husk break down and bacterial actions in colon. ...Read more

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My 4 month's baby stool test report having pus cells 6-10. Is it abnormal??

My 4 month's baby stool test report having pus cells 6-10. Is it abnormal??

Suggests infection: Fecal leukocytes are not normally present in stool in healthy individuals, and if 6-10 is considered moderately elevated and suggest inflammation from infection, usually a bacterial infection such as Salmonella or Shigella or potentially Ameba. Viruses or allergy cause less reaction. Leukocytes in stool can also be associated with inflammatory bowel disease, but this is unlikely in an infant. ...Read more

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After cutting gluten out of my diet (as I am allergic) and eating healthy, why is my stool still irregular?

After cutting gluten out of my diet (as I am allergic) and eating healthy, why is my stool still irregular?

Depends: The gut may need a minimum of 6 months or even longer to heal from damage by gluten. Give yourself more time, and consider supplements such as glutamine to help with guy healing. Also probiotics. ...Read more

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I have had blood in my stools for a week now. It is bright red. I've alternated between feeling like I have to go and not being able to and just blood coming out, to having normal bowels, to having very loose or abnormal stools, all with blood.

I have had blood in my stools for a week now. It is bright red. I've alternated between feeling like I have to go and not being able to and just blood coming out, to having normal bowels, to having very loose or abnormal stools, all with blood.

You most: DEFINITELY need a "hands on" evaluation of your symptoms ASAP!!! It sounds like you may have something as simple as bad hemorrhoids to something a lot more serious (eg Ulcerative Proctitis) SEEK HELP from your PCP... Consider an ER visit if you cannot reach your own Medical Professional this weekend!

Hope this helps/act soon Dr Z ...Read more

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My stool sample come back as abnormal that s all my doctor is telling me?

Stool: Need more info as to he abnormal specimen and why you had a stool specimen done initially. ...Read more

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Stool sample shows heavy growth of nontoxogenic e. Coli & streptococcus salivarius. Is this abnormal/problematic?

Stool sample shows heavy growth of nontoxogenic e. Coli & streptococcus salivarius.  Is this abnormal/problematic?

No: Assuming you are not symptomatic, these bacterial organisms are considered part of the normal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. Strep salivarius lives in the mouth whereas E. coli lives in the intestines. In only very rare instances does this strep cause illness. The type of E. Coli mentioned causes UTIs since the urinary and GI tracts are so close ...Read more

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Can any doctor post what abnormal stool color it looks like?

Can any doctor post what abnormal stool color it looks like?

No: There is no 'normal'. Stool colon depends on what you eat. In particular, red meat, chocolate, and forms of indigestible fiber, as well as supplements (such as iron) can change the color of stool. Blood in the stool is always abnormal, and should be investigated. But aside from this, there is no true 'normal color stool'. ...Read more

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Light brown stool with white "pebbles" here and there. Irregular. Not runny.Had this for 3 months. 1 bm daily. What is it? Can pancreatic enzymes help

Light brown stool with white "pebbles" here and there. Irregular. Not runny.Had this for 3 months. 1 bm daily. What is it? Can pancreatic enzymes help

Stestorrhea: You may be describing steatorrhea, the presence of fat in your dtool . It msy float and have an oily sppearance. You need to have your liver and pancreatic enzymes checked as the fat in your diet is not being absorbed properly. ...Read more

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Irregular occurrence of blood in stool. Apples don't help. Some days it happens, some days it doesn't.

Irregular occurrence of blood in stool. Apples don't help. Some days it happens, some days it doesn't.

Needs evaluation pls: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.g. rectal trauma), but evaluation is always appropriate. A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus. ...Read more

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Black stool with regular stool mixed, was regular up until this morning , could it be something i ate, it's solid not irregular?

Black stool with regular stool mixed, was regular up until this morning , could it be something i ate, it's solid not irregular?

Need for examination: Black tarry stool is generally a result of bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract. You should see your doctor to rule out GI bleeding. ...Read more

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My bowels have been feeling irregular I can defecate without problems but I notice black parts in my stool and I have had a headache?

My bowels have been feeling irregular I can defecate without problems but I notice black parts in my stool and I have had a headache?

Black stool=red flag: A change in the color of your stool is just as important an indicator as a change in bowel habits. Some medications like Pepto-Bismol and iron supplements can cause blackened stools. However, the most worrisome cause is bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract. Please see a doctor about this at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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I have celiac & have been having a reaction for ~3 weeks. I've noticed a toilet-paper-like substance in my stool. What is this, and is it abnormal?

I have celiac & have been having a reaction for ~3 weeks. I've noticed a toilet-paper-like substance in my stool. What is this, and is it abnormal?

Celiac: This substance is likely mucus from sheeding of intestinal tissue. It is usually a benign condition and does not indicate a poor prognosis or worsening disease. ...Read more

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If occasional floating stools were caused by pancreatic cancer would they be obviously abnormal looking?

If occasional floating stools were caused by pancreatic cancer would they be obviously abnormal looking?

Yes: It would be obvious to anyone. "floating stools" are almost always from gas bubbles. They suggest gum-chewing or talking a lot rather than cancer. When due to steatorrhea as from pancreatic cancer, the stools are light-colored and incredibly stinky. If you are obsessed with the idea that you have pancreatic cancer, perhaps a good psychologist or other person can help you manage these thoughts. ...Read more