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Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Floaters are fine: The usual reason for a bowel movement floating is extra trapped gas; this varies with diet, gum-chewing, roughage, how much you talked & swallowed your saliva. When due to fat malabsorption (a much less common explanation) the person is clearly sick; if due to pancreatic cancer you'd be jaundiced. Any further concerns are best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

I'm 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

Yes, you can: You mentioned nothing suspicious for pancreatic cancer. A normal ct scan is encouraging but is not 100% accurate. If there are suspicious symptoms or chances on a ct scan, a normal ca-19.9 (a blood test that is nearly specific for pancreatic cancer) would be reassuring. ...Read more

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Should I worry about pancreatic cancer? Urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S., hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. I'm 34

Probably not: It appears that all test are normal except for the egd or endoscopy showing gastritis. Assuming normal blood workup as well, I would say that it is not likely that you have pancreatic cancer. My suggestion is that you sit down with your doctor and discuss all tests results and treatment plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I relax about cancer? Urq disc.& floating stool. Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endoscopy (gerd/gastritis).

Can I relax about cancer? Urq disc.& floating stool. Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endoscopy (gerd/gastritis).

Relax: If all of those tests were normal then you have much higher chances of being injured in a car accident than having an intestinal cancer. Eat a good diet, exercise regularly and enjoy life. ...Read more

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Can I relax about cancer? Urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gastritis

I'd relax for now: Your pain and stool fat changes sound like gall bladder disease, though proven not present. Was the gerd region biopsied? If so and negative, your comprehensive and perhaps more than appropriate workup shows within the limits of present technology, you don't have a detectable cancer. Longstanding gerd can be a pre-cancerous change over the years however and may warrant future follow-up endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can I relax about cancer? 34yrold w urq disc.&floating stool. Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endo (gerd/gastritis

Why are you worrying: No great answer except that digestive symptoms are common at your age and related cancer is not. Most cancers do not cause your symptoms but some can affect digestion. What did your doctor tell you? You should ask a doctor who knows you. Maybe there is a specific reason you worry about cancer and not the usual causes of these symptoms? Do you need to be worried for some personal reason? ...Read more

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Likelyhood 34yr male w/ urq discomfort and occasional floating stools but normal pancreatic enzymes and normal abdominal CT scan has pancreatic cancer?

Likelyhood 34yr male w/ urq discomfort and occasional floating stools but normal pancreatic enzymes and normal abdominal CT scan has pancreatic cancer?

Very unlikely: Pancreatic cancer is very uncommon in your age group. Ct is an excellent test to detect pancreatic cancer if performed with IV contrast. A normal ct essentially excludes the possibility of cancer. ...Read more

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If stool has oil, what color is the oil - what color would you normally see floating on the water surface?

If stool has oil, what color is the oil - what color would you normally see floating on the water surface?

Depends: Oil in the stool will typically float as would oil in any liquid such as the water of the toilet. The color can vary depending on the underlying cause. Possibilities from clear to orange or other colors. Gallbladder problems, cystic fibrosis, GI absorption problems and inflammatory conditions can all be a factor. A doctor visit to determine the cause with lab analysis of the stool is beneficial. ...Read more

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Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Floating stool: Floating stool is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. Diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more. Exposures? Travel? Persistently altered bowel habits deserve medical attention ; evaluation please. ...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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Under a lot stress and anxiety. Went to the bathroom and stool was normal but there was a small of brown mucus floating. Should I be worried?!

Under a lot stress and anxiety. Went to the bathroom and stool was normal but there was a small of brown mucus floating. Should I be worried?!

Unlikely...: Unless you have diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool, abdominal pain, fever and feeling sick this should not be of major concern. However if you are experiencing any other symptoms you should be evaluated. ...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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I've had floating stools off and on for decade. MRCP, EUS, CT, colonscopt normal. What is difference between IBS loose stools and steathorrea?

Ibs: Is a conditions and u may have frequent bms normal or watery. Steatorrhea is a sign of fatty stools due to malabsorption syndrome which needs a ge consult. ...Read more

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Occasional floating stool, slowly sinks. Some air bubbles. Stool is brown soft and formed. Normal colonoscopy, CT scan and stool tests. Should I worry?

Occasional floating stool, slowly sinks. Some air bubbles. Stool is brown soft and formed. Normal colonoscopy, CT scan and stool tests. Should I worry?

Don't worry: Floating stools are caused by foods that you eat that cause gas production or could be from malabsorption/ not absorbing essential nutrients causing them to be passed in the stool and making the stool float. I'll be concerned if there are other symptoms like weight loss, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, blood in the stool etc then go see your dr ...Read more

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Frequent floating stools that leave a clear haze on toilet water. Normal ct, colonoscopy, stool & 72hr fat test. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

Frequent floating stools that leave a clear haze on toilet water. Normal ct, colonoscopy, stool & 72hr fat test. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

I think so.: Given your age and the test that have been done already it would seem that pancreatic cancer is unlikely. Most common presentation of pancreatic cancer is painless jaundice (yellow eyeballs). Could be diet related. A nutrition consult with a food diary could be useful to determine the possible contributing factor. ...Read more

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If floating stools were caused by pancreatic cancer, would they look obviously abnormal? Stool is brown, soft & formed but occ. Floats. Ct scan normal

Fat malabsorption: Floating stool is more likely to be an indication of fat absorption. It is not a sign of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Does it stand to reason that floating stool in the absence of fat malabsorption (normal CT scan and 72hr fat test isn't be caused by pancreatic cancer?

Floaters: 99% of floating stools are caused by trapped gas. This is the truth in spite of what you might pick up from 'pop' accounts. It happens to me if I chew gum. Congratulations on not using tobacco. Keep an eye on the stomach issues -- and if the pain changes, consider a check once again. And if you have malabsorption or maldigestion, it's much less subtle than just a floating stool. ...Read more

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For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

Not cancer: If it was pancreatic cancer the blood test you had would come up at least one abnormal value. You are too young to get pancreatic cancer. IBS at your age can cause similar symptoms. See a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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2 week symptoms. Bloating after eating. Stools floating. Some central abdo pain. Some indigestion, some gas. No anemia, kidney/liver function normal.

Abdominal pain: Steatorrhea is the symptom of having fatty foul smelling stools. Dysfunction of the gallbladder or pancreas can cause steatorrhea along with abdominal pain and bloating. Primary abnormalities of the stomach or large bowel are less commonly the cause. Evaluation of the GI tract can include ultrasound of the gallbladder, serum evaluation, stool samples, and possibly endoscopy. ...Read more

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Been having fatty floating yellow poop for months. Blood & feces test all came back normal. Stomach is always bloated & itchy skin and fatigued. Help!

IBS/Diet: I suggest a GI consultation and also a stool analysis. Floating stools with color suggests fat in BM and or GI inflammation with mucous formation. You will need blood testing for thyroid, liver and pancreatic/liver function evaluation. ...Read more

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Darker than normal stool.

Depends: If melena (black, tarry) this may represent bleeding. Otherwise likely a consequence of what you consumed. ...Read more

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Which colour stool is normal?

Which colour stool is normal?

Let me explain: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes — changing the pigments from green to brown. ...Read more

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Mocus on stool? Is that normal?

Not normal but: Likely not serious or it could be a sign of ibd/ inflammmatory bowel disease. See ur pcp or GI for work up. Take care! Http://ibdcrohns. About. Com/od/relatedconditions/f/mucusstool. Htm. ...Read more

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What is the normal color of stool?

What is the normal color of stool?

Brown: The color of stool is most commonly various shades of brown due to a combination of several factors (bile content, transit time, diet, medications, intestinal flora/bacteria). ...Read more

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Is it normal to have lose stools everyday?

Is it normal to have lose stools everyday?

Chronic?: If you have experienced a significant change in stooling pattern that warrants evaluation. ...Read more