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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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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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Little white thread like things on mushy stool and on wipes. Look& feel like little rolled up paper but i don't use toilet paper I use wipes. Ideas?

Test: White threads in stool could be food remnants, mucus from the colon, or worms. A good place to start is to test the stool for worms and parasites. It can also be tested for occult blood and evidence of inflammation in the intestine (wbc, calprotectin, lactoferrin). Those tests in conjunction with a history and physical exam should yield some answers. ...Read more

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What can I do to make myself go regularly if I have trouble stooling without medication?

What can I do to make myself go regularly if I have trouble stooling without medication?

Fiber fluid excersiz: The main stay to avoid constipation is getting 50 fluid ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeinated liquids a day, 25 grams of fiber and some daily excersise should your constipation persist try some mild laxative...Should your symptoms still persist see a colon and rectal surgeon for further work up. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've been stooling for the past 2 days very regularly. Should I get a check up or will this just pass by?

I've been stooling for the past 2 days very regularly. Should I get a check up or will this just pass by?

It depends...: I assume you mean that you are having diarrhea, or loose stools. If so, as long as you are able to drink enough to stay hydrated, are not having bloody diarrhea, and you are otherwise feeling well, you can certainly give it a few more days. If you are having high fevers, bloody diarrhea, persistent vomiting, or any other concerns, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have not stooled for 4 days now after my colonoscopy. why?

I have not stooled for 4 days now after my colonoscopy. why?

Several variables:: The prep for the colonoscopy + the exam itself should have largely emptied your colon, which can hold quite a bit of material. Depending on both how much you have been eating & how much this food is not fully digested & absorbed (leaving residual material), combined with how much you usually retain within your colon, there will be a delay in recurrence of previous elimination amounts & patterns. ...Read more

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What causes pop out anus when stooling?

What causes pop  out anus when stooling?

Prolapse: This may be rectal prolapse, a condition due to laxity in the supporting connective tissue. You should see a colo-rectal surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more