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My 5 week old was dx with entrovirus. He also had a positive lactoferrin stool culture. His ammonia level was 80. Could this be a metabolic disorder?

My 5 week old was dx with entrovirus. He also had a positive lactoferrin stool culture. His ammonia level was 80. Could this be a metabolic disorder?

Unlikely: A severe infection such as adenovirus before the immune system has matured at about 2 mo. puts a great strain on the body's metabolism, likely sufficient to raise the ammonia level. It most likely will disappear as he recovers. The lactoferrin just indicates that he had significant inflammation of his intestines from the adenovirus. Urine for organic acids is a good metabolic screening test. ...Read more

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Lactoferrin in stool, what does it mean?

Lactoferrin in stool, what does it mean?

Lactoferrin: Lactoferrin is a protein that is made by white blood cells. When the lactoferrin level in stool is elevated, that is an indicator of ^’ed white blood cells due to intestinal infection or inflammation. This might occur with bacterial infections of the GI tract, crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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My lab test result says I have a high stool lactoferrin level of 198.10 ug/ml, tested positive for blood in stools, though it is not visible. I am sc?

My lab test result says I have a high stool  lactoferrin level of 198.10 ug/ml, tested positive for blood in stools, though it is not visible. I am sc?

Follow up needed: Hi BMay I understand your concern about the high lactoferrin. This is a difficult lab to interpret without more clinical context, meaning that it, by itself, does not point towards a specific diagnosis. Further work up is likely needed and I would encourage your to follow up with your primary doctor. In the meantime, here is some more info. Hope this helps http://bit.ly/2o2xa5C ...Read more

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Stool lactoferrin is it something to worry about in a 4 year old? She has been sick s for a week now throwing up everyday pooping nothing but water

Stool lactoferrin is  it something  to  worry about in a 4 year old?
She has been sick s for a week now throwing up everyday pooping nothing but water

Depends: It's not helpful to look at lactoferrin in an acute illness. Her symptoms seem more consistent with a viral illness. If she's had diarrhea lasting longer than 2 weeks, and the concern is for chronic colitis, checking a lactoferrin might be more useful. ...Read more

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What means if lactoferrin is positive in my stool?

What means if lactoferrin is positive in my stool?

Lactoferrin: Lactoferrin is a protein that is made by white blood cells. When the lactoferrin level in stool is elevated, that is an indicator of ^’ed white blood cells due to intestinal infection or inflammation. This might occur with bacterial infections of the GI tract, crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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Why is my stool green?

Why is my stool green?

Likely: Eating anything could affect the color and character of your stools. ...Read more

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What causes thin stool?

What causes thin stool?

Usually: Something in the lower colon or rectum would be the cause, either stricture, tumor or hemorrhoids. Any change in caliber of stools needs to be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later. Some type of scoping depending on your history would be the next step. ...Read more

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Why is my stool so dark?

Several possibilitie: Stool can be dark from iron pills pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or foods like spinach. Black tarry stools may indicate bleeding from the stomach area and should be checked right away. ...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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How I do soften my stools?

How I do soften my stools?

Stool softener/fiber: First, be sure you are staying well-hydrated with a good intake of water or other fluids. Adequate fiber in the diet is also important to keeping the stool soft. If these things are not enough then a stool softener such as docusate sodium can be used. ...Read more

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What makes your stool green?

What makes your stool green?

Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...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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Why is my stool always loose?

Well ask your doctor: Many causes for this. Some are serious. So go see your doc. Regular means regular formed stools daily. If not = consult a doc. ...Read more

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What causes stool to be black?

What causes stool to be black?

Black Stool: can be related to taking medications (like pepto bismal). If the stool is black, stinky and sticky - it may be due to rectal bleeding (melena). If that is the case - it should be promptly medically evaluated. Take care. ...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 causes stool to fall apart?

What causes stool to fall apart?

Rapid transit: If the stool transits rapidly through the intestines, less fluid will be resorbed. This will lead to wet stool which is soft. It may fall apart after entering water in toilet bowl. ...Read more

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Transit time for beets in stools?

Transit time for beets in stools?

Variable per patient: Bowel frequency in america varies from 3 movements daily to 1 every three to four days. Much of this variablity is dependent on colonic transit. As measured by sitz marker study (a capsule that releases 24 plastic rings in the stomach that then are recorded by x-ray as they move forward in the gut), normal evacuation is defined as >80% rings defecated by 5 days after sitz marker ingestion. ...Read more