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What would cause stool to have an ammonia like smell ?

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

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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My husbands got chrons disease. Lately his stool had a strong smell of ammonia. Why is that?

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

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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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"?

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

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

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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Could an h. Pylori infection cause your stool to consistently smell strongly of ammonia? Could it be liver &/or kidney problem? What kind?

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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I have bad breath odor that smells like ammonia and/or feces. I was tested negative for halitosis, negative for sinus or tonsil problems and GI tested?

I have bad breath odor that smells like ammonia and/or feces. I was tested negative for halitosis, negative for sinus or tonsil problems and GI tested?

Bad breath: Many things can contribute to bad breath. It usually helps to brush the roof of the mouth and tongue. Better yet is to get a tounge scraper to clean the surface of the tongue, where lots of bacteria tend to accumulate. Patients with gum disease often have oral malodor. ...Read more

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