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Can my regular doctor do the fecal fat test in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the fecal fat test in his clinic?

Maybe...: Fecal fat testing can be performed qualitatively (to see if fat droplets are present) or quantitatively (to measure how much fat is lost in stool). The former is a simple slide test using a sudan stain on a random stool sample, whereas the latter needs a timed collection of stool for measurement. Both studies are somewhat specific, & outside the usual in-office tests primary care docs might run. ...Read more

Fecal Fat (Definition)

Fecal fat is the passage of fat in the stool. Fat absorption is a complicated process so there are many potential causes. It can occur from diseases of the ileum such as crohn's disease or resection. It can also occur from an ...Read more


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Stool is brown, formed and soft. Occ. Floats then sinks. Seems to have clear haze top of water. Had fecal fat test but not 72hr one. Fat malabsorption?

Stool is brown, formed and soft. Occ. Floats then sinks. Seems to have clear haze top of water. Had fecal fat test but not 72hr one. Fat malabsorption?

Malabsorption?: Usually excess fat in the stool will result in very foul smelling depositions and shiny (covered in oil) stool. Qualitative stool fat test is a good screening tool to detect fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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What is a high aliphatic carboxylate test result in fecal fat test indicative of? Reference value <25, mine 39.

What is a high aliphatic carboxylate test result in fecal fat test indicative of? Reference value <25, mine 39.

Not much, but...: ...here's a link for your consideration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboxylic_acid. Better yet, let's please start our discussion with what symptoms or signs you may be experiencing that prompted the testing in question. In other words, an isolated test result out of context has little value but we are happy to help if we understand your primary concerns. ...Read more

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Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Floater or Sinker: The sinkability of stool depends on the amount of air/gas, not the amount of fat, although vary fatty stools will tend to float. Are you having any symptoms? What was the reason you had test to begin with? Of course, celiac disease needs to be ruled out, but dietary changes which affect the population of gas forming bacteria in the gut can also be in play. Your md will sort it out. ...Read more

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For days I've noticed my stool has been coming out in bits that float and are unusually smelly. Did a fecal fat test but it came back normal?

For days I've noticed my stool has been coming out in bits that float and are unusually smelly. Did a fecal fat test but it came back normal?

Gas: Despite the stuff in books, floaters are almost always that way because of gas bubble content. This in turn has more to do with the chaos of gut flora, talking, gum chewing, and many other imponderables. If you trouble yourself over this stuff, you will just start making yourself feel sick. Go out and exercise hard and regular and ignore your stool unless it is obviously very abnormal ...Read more

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Doing a 72hr fecal fat test. If positive, what test would be next. Already had in last 2yrs. Normal colonoscopy, u.S., CT scan and other stool tests?

Doing a 72hr fecal fat test. If positive, what test would be next. Already had in last 2yrs. Normal colonoscopy, u.S., CT scan and other stool tests?

Malabsorption: A 72 hour fecal fat is to check for malabsorption. If it is positive, then the cause of malabsorption would need to be determined. The next test or tests would be determined by your symptoms, the results of earlier tests and the result of fecal fat test. ...Read more

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Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?

Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication  against pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is most uncommon at your age to begin with (it is not a common cancer in general). Normal blood tests and ct scan should reassure you that pancreatic cancer is not there. ...Read more

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Is a negative result on two separate qualitative fecal fat tests (one month apart) enough to rule out steatorrhea?

Is a negative result on two separate qualitative fecal fat tests (one month apart) enough to rule out steatorrhea?

Too a large degree!: Most people diagnose themselves by seeing oil and fat in the toilet. The tests are fairly accurate, so I do not see it as a problem. It does not typically come and go, although severity might! ...Read more

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My fecal breath has turned my life to hell. i was seen at GI clinic had upper endoscopy my doctor told me fecal breath isn't from stomach. ?

My fecal breath has turned my life to hell.  i was seen at GI clinic had upper endoscopy my doctor told me fecal breath isn't from stomach. ?

Bad breath is common: Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common complaint. There are many possible causes. An upper endoscopy, like you had, is probably one of the best ways to evaluate. The most common causes are esophageal reflux and gingivitis but a rare condition called Zenker's diverticulum is also a possibility. Since the endoscopy was negative you might try an oral rinse containing hydrogen peroxide. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the audiology test in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the audiology test in his clinic?

Depends: Many doctors have the training necessary to do this, but a lot of physicians don't have the equipment because there isn't enough need for it in their practice. I work with a lot of pediatricians, who send kids off for audiology tests often. However, they don't get enough need in their office to justify the expense of purchasing and maintaining the equipment. Best to call your doctor and ask. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the thallium stress test in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the thallium stress test in his clinic?

Probably not: Thallium stress test are usually done in a hospital's nuclear medicine division of the radiology department. Your regular doctor or cardiologist may be present when the test is performed, especially to monitor the patient. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the thyroid blood tests in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the thyroid blood tests in his clinic?

No: Thyroid tests are blood draw. It takes time to come back. Your primary care doc might have a person drawing blood in the office but the blood have to be sent to a lab to get the result. There are some docs with their own labs but that's not the norm. ...Read more

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I'm currently doing a 72 hr stool collection to test for fecal fat. Why is my stool steaming in the container?

I'm currently doing a 72 hr stool collection to test for fecal fat. Why is my stool steaming in the container?

Room: Temperature cooler than inner body temperature and its contents. Notice when there is fog coming out of a lake when is chilly in the morning? ...Read more

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Worried about occ.Floating stool urq disc. Had CT scan, u.S. Hida scan and stool tests (did test fecal fat but not 72hr one). All tests normal. Worry?

Worried about occ.Floating stool urq disc. Had CT scan, u.S. Hida scan and stool tests (did test fecal fat but not 72hr one). All tests normal. Worry?

Anxiety: You likely suffer from an anxiety disorder in which you worry a lot about your health. The problem with that is that it leads to a lot of tests that are not necessary. The consistency of stools depends on the foods you eat. If you eat foods with a lot of cellulose, like vegetables, it floats (which means your stools are actually healthy). Seek counseling because too many tests can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia something that a regular doctor can treat, or will I need to go to a pain clinic?

Is fibromyalgia something that a regular doctor can treat, or will I need to go to a pain clinic?

Anyone can treat: Anyone can treat it. Proper diagnosis may be best done by a rheumatologist or rehab medicine specialist or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the blood type in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the blood type in his clinic?

Yes: Blood typing is typically done by a blood bank. Your doctor's office may be able to draw the blood and have it sent for typing. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the laser skin resurfacing in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the laser skin resurfacing in his clinic?

Can vs. should: Any md can purchase a laser and use it in a clinic...However, good results with lasers and chemical peels depend on appropriate training and experience. I would check the credentials of any doctor before you consider laser treatments or any cosmetic procedures. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the magnetic resonance angiography in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the magnetic resonance angiography in his clinic?

Probably not: Unless your regular doc is also trained in radiologic angiography, (s)he will refer the study to a radiologist trained in MRI angiography. ...Read more

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I'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) and I went to a walk in clinic that wasn't my regular doctor he prescribed me apo amoxi-clav.could something happen mixing these?

I'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) and I went to a walk in clinic that wasn't my regular doctor he prescribed me apo amoxi-clav.could something happen mixing these?

Can increase INR: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (amoxicillin/calvalunate ) can interact with Coumadin (warfarin) to increase the INR. This can increase risk of bleeding. You should call the office of the prescribing doctor and request an antibiotic change. Always keep your medication list with you and show it to provider. This helps to prevent possible interactions. ...Read more

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How long can a urine sample for chlamdyia test be stored at doctor clinic till it can be affect causing false negative?

How long can a urine sample for chlamdyia test be stored at doctor clinic till it can be affect causing false negative?

Urine Chlamydia test: With some tests, up to 14 days at room temp. http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/ps/resources/guidelines/UrineStability.pdf ...Read more

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17 yr old healthy female, family doctor claimed positive test, free clinic said negative. Only 3wks along. What are the chances of false positive?

Could be either: False positives do occur but so do false negatives. A repeat test may be useful, but you might talk to your OB about a quantitative test (blood test). This result based on the suspected age of gestation should correlate. ...Read more

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