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If brother had colon polyps removed and so did mom...do I need a colonoscopy to check? I had a negative fecal test by my doctor?
If not discuss with your MD! ...Read more
Anemia of unknown origin, Hemoglobin as low as 6.0. Negative endoscopy, negative colonoscopy, negative occult fecal blood. Low iron: 17 Ferritin 980?
Anemia of Chronic Dz: Your elevated ferritin and depressed serum iron suggests an anemia related to chronic disease. This is a perplexing problem to solve without a careful search of your history and what is happening elsewhere in your body. While the endoscopy helps exclude cancer as the chronic disease, defining the setting as ACD first might have negated the urgency for this. ...Read more
I had a fecal immunochemical test done and it came back negative. What actually was I being tested for?
Colon ca: Microscopic bleeding from the colon that you and your doctor may not be able to see. ...Read more
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
No: Lukas, you're a grown man now and you recognize that you have health concerns that are unrealistic. In a way it's good -- you'll be more vigilant -- but if these fears are preventing you from finding the peace you need to work, play and love, then some structured self-exploration might set you free. Be brave, and best wishes. ...Read more
48 yo healthy female with longstanding soft stools and celiac, c difff, parasites, cxs all neg but high amounts of fecal fat in the stools? Where do I go from here?
Check food labels:
Could you be missing hidden gluten. Are you careful going out to eat (foods that are gluen free that are cooked along side gluten containing foods)?
Your doctor could check antibodies to see if your celiac is under control, if not you may be unknowingly eating gluten. ...Read more
29 yr old female and constipated for a week. After laxitives my stools are small little soft lumps. Fecal occult blood was neg. Any need to worry?
Constipation: No, nothing you mention is concerning. I expect this will sort itself out soon enough. ...Read more
Red pieces in stool but fecal test is negative for blood. Sometimes pain in stomach what it could be something serious?
Yes it could: Could be undigested red food from 3-4 days ago but get it checked out. ...Read more
Does a positive fecal leucocyte test (when negative for all other bacteria, viral, and parasitic targets) ALWAYS indicate IBD?
My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?
I have no experience with the use of Lactoferrin and I do not know what kind of symptoms you are experiencing.
There is a post infectious irritable bowel described over the last few years. In my opinion best will be for you to initiate a log with food and drinks that you have and the type of symptoms- say bloating, diarrhea, etc. Once you have couple of weeks see your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Chronic diahrea, abdom pain, parasitic, fecal blood stool test negative, gastroscopy, colonoscopy normal. Blood test show normal CRP, ESR, ferritin, IBD?
Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain
Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more
If colon cancer was causing pain RUQ wouldn't it be big enough to show on CT of abdomen and pelvis? 31 yo- fecal occult blood negative
Not likely colon Ca:
Classic colon cancer causes pain via colon obstruction, so in that case, CT would see it. But this would not be expected in a 31 yo w/ occult neg stool.
RUQ pain can be any number of causes in young adult. Need to know more history and clinical exam by a Dr. To advise work up.
Best screen for colon Ca is colonoscopy, but unless strong family history, may start around 50 yrs old. ...Read more
My stools have been floating for years. I've had stool tested for fat a couple of times and the results were negative. What could be the cause?
Floating stool: Increased undigested fat may cause your stool to float ...Read more
Colon CA Screening: This test is a screening test for possible colon cancer. Hemocult negative means there is no blood or hemoglobin in the stool and that this screening test is negative for cancer. It is a common test for adults over forty. I am not sure why any physician would test someone your age. ...Read more
Unclear question: Worm may not be seen in the stool. Ascarid eggs are usually easily detectable if infestation is present. ...Read more
Stool test: The gold standard of a celiac diagnosis is an esophageal biopsy. Stool tests are not very reliable. ...Read more
Black specs on TP, for the past 8 months stool looks normal 3 negative stool test. Please advise?
Diet?: I'm sure you are worried that this represents blood. Blood coming from the upper gastrointestinal tract is indeed black, but it would not look like black specks on the TP. Generally the entire stool is black and tarry and the stools would be positive for blood. This could be something in your diet. ...Read more
Is it normal to have black flakes mixed throughout stool in toddler? Still otherwise normal. Hemocult neg a few months ago. Still worried.
Black stool flakes: These flakes may be normal if you are breastfeeding and you are getting blood mixed in with the breas milk. It could be something in baby food as well. However, are you breastfeeding and have you experienced nipple cracking and bleeding. Keep the pediatrician in the loop however and report any changes at all. ...Read more
Can you get c diff more then once? Confirmed and treated 7 months ago... Confirmed gone by 2 more stool samples that both came back negative...
Yes: You can get Clostridium difficult infection (or C. diff as it is popularly known) more than once. Risk factors include chronic use of certain antibiotics and multiple hospital stays. People with C. diff get treated with antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and metronidazole. Some people who continue to get it may even be eligible for fecal transplants which recolonize the good bacteria in the gut. ...Read more
My stool is soft, formed, and brown, however, there are little white seed like pieces, rice like pieces, and small white chunks. O/p was negative.?
Undigested food: You may be seeing pieces of undigested food. If you have no abdominal symptoms, please do not worry about it. ...Read more
My stool has been going from huge log type to small hard as a rock pebble like? I see red gooie stuff in there sometimes. Colonscopy negative I'm 25
Constipation: This may be a sign of some form of irritable bowel syndrome. It seems that you have already seen a GI specialist. Continue to see this specialist and keep a symptom diary. This will help to unravel the exact problem that may be developing. For now increase fiber in your diet. ...Read more
I have black flakes or pieces on Tp after wiping, 3 or 4times a week stool looks normal and had a few negative stool test. Help worried about blood?
Rectal bleeding?: If you have had a negative stool for blood while you're having the black flakes in your stool, then it is unlikely that this is a sign of internal bleeding. Usually when bleeding happens like that, the entire stool turns black and fowl-smelling. If that occurs, you should get it retested. Good luck. ...Read more
My stool has bright red throughout the inner part of it, outer edge is brown. Could it be other reasons then blood? Took occult test 1 m ago negative.
Causes of red stool: Include blood and ingestion of red dye or food, such as beets. Have your stool tested while it is red to make sure. ...Read more
I've noticed a transparent colorless gel on the surface of my stool. There is no blood and the mayer exam is negative. I've got no other symptoms. Clue?
It may be normal: A little mucus is nothing to worry about if there are no other symptoms. But you should check with your doctor if there is excessive and persistant mucus in stool, or it is accompanied by blood in the stools and if associated with change in bowels. As that may be due to underlying conditions like intestinal infection, inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more
Raw meat: Blood from undercooked meat and certain foods, . ...Read more
No test is perfect: No test is perfect, but GI bleeding can be intermittent. Bleeding from the GI tract can originate from mouth, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, anus. Blood can also be ingested from sources like the nose, throat, lungs. Vaginal bleeding can contaminate stool. Symptoms often direct testing & empiric treatment. When a source of bleeding is elusive, bleeding scans may help localize the source. ...Read more
If I don't see a reaction when I use a stool blood test card, how can tell if the test is negative or if it's defective?
Ask your physician: After you collect the sample, you must send it back to your physician. There is a solution that is placed on the back of the card to make the color change happen. A small blue circle (control) will appear at the bottom of the test area. If this is the only color change present on the card, the test is negative and valid. ...Read more