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Dr. Howard Shapiro
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Lately for the last few months I have noticed that my stool has a strong urine odor. I can't say its ammonia but for lack of a better word, "pissy". ?

Dr. Howard Shapiro
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Lately for the last few months I have noticed that my stool has a strong urine odor. I can't say its ammonia but for lack of a better word, "pissy". ?

Need it checked: It is possible that you have an intestinal infection that causes this. You need to see your physician who can obtain tests to clear up this problem ...Read more

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Pain Management
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What would cause stool to have an ammonia like smell ?

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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What would cause stool to have an ammonia like smell ?

See below: Ammonia smelling stools can be attributed to bacteria overgrowth or nitrogen being insufficiently digested or improperly metabolized. When food is insufficiently digested, the non-absorbed food can then become food for harmful bacteria, or just putrefy, in the gut. Either of these leads to toxins being released in the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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My little girl. her age one year and three months. Her stool smells like ammonia it is the first time i notice that ?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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My little  girl. her age one year and three months. Her stool smells like ammonia it is the first time i notice that ?

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 fiber and drinking more water may be necessary ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Goloff
Board Certified, Family Medicine
31 years in practice
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My husbands got chrons disease. Lately his stool had a strong smell of ammonia. Why is that?

Dr. Jack Goloff
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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My husbands got chrons disease. Lately his stool had a strong smell of ammonia. Why is that?

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 can cade this. Time to see the doctor! ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
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Could a glutamate metabolism disorder either directly or indirectly cause my stool to constantly have strong ammonia smell for last few years?

Dr. Sandra Pinkham
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Could a glutamate metabolism disorder either directly or indirectly cause my stool to constantly have strong ammonia smell for last few years?

More likely GI flora: You are in distress and high gad65 ab can cause brain effects. Environmental influences possible. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, processed foods, dairy, grains except quinoa, and sugar.Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and some wild caught fish. Check 25-oh vit d. Eat 6 equal meals a day followed by relaxation breathing for 5 minutes , and mild exercise for 10-15 minutes. Read kelly mcgonigal. ...Read more

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Dr. John cuong Doan
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

Dr. John cuong Doan
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

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 your stool consistency and other factors in digestion. Please repost with more information or see a Healthcare provider on HealthTap or near you. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Board Certified, Urology
4 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of enterovesical fistulae? Would it make your urine smell like feces and/or stool smell like ammonia? Would u feel "poisoned"?

Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Board Certified, Urology
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What are the symptoms of enterovesical fistulae?  Would it make your urine smell like feces and/or stool smell like ammonia?  Would u feel "poisoned"?

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 not be present. You may feel very sick or not at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Tony Ho
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What liver and/or kidney diseases/disorders would cause your stool to constantly smell strongly of ammonia regardless of diet..For several yrs.?

Dr. Tony Ho
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What liver and/or kidney diseases/disorders would cause your stool to constantly smell strongly of ammonia regardless of diet..For several yrs.?

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, and more rarely, there could be a fistula from bladder to bowel (you would likely have problems with utis regularly then) or much more rarely, advanced liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Taylor
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48 hr post 10 day amoxil. Stool runny (melted milkshake consistency) w very strong ammonia odour.Bacterial overgrowth (what possible types)or c.Diff?

Dr. Ryan Taylor
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48 hr post 10 day amoxil. Stool runny (melted milkshake consistency) w very strong ammonia odour.Bacterial overgrowth (what possible types)or c.Diff?

Maybe : If the diarrhea is mild then it may be antibiotic-associated diarrhea from change in the normal flora of the GI tract. Probiotics will often help with this. If the diarrhea is severe, watery and malodorous then c diff is a possibility. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Sinha
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Could an h. Pylori infection cause your stool to consistently smell strongly of ammonia? Could it be liver &/or kidney problem? What kind?

Dr. Tracy Sinha
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Could an h. Pylori infection cause your stool to consistently smell strongly of ammonia?  Could it be liver &/or kidney problem? What kind?

Any where: Bac can attack any where, doubt h pylori giving this odor. Ammonia odor take is very seriousely need thorough check up preferabaly in hospital, complete metabolic profile, blood sugar , a good gim.D must be involved asap ats serious for brain and body. ...Read more

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