ammonia odor in stool

What would cause stool to have an ammonia like smell ?

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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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.
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my husbands got chrons disease. lately his stool had a strong smell of ammonia. why is that?

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Dr. Jack M. Goloff
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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!
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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?

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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
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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?

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Dr. Sandra M. Pinkham
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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.
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Don't ignore having abdominal pain or blood in your stools.

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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.?????

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Dr. Tony T. Ho
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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.
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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"?

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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.

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

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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.

What would make your feces constantly smell like ammonia regardless of what you ate? My serum ammonia levels are normal.

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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 easily check. If not, try a probiotic mixture to "correct" your but bacterial population and see if that makes a difference. There are some other more serious conditions that may be at play, including liver and kidney problems, so I would follow up w/ MD
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What could cause watery vaginal discharge with an odor similar to ammonia?

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Bacterial vaginosis

The odor of BV is often described as "fishy". It is a common bacterial infection that is not serious but can be very irritating. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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