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Is there a specific diet to control liquid stools resulting from a hemicolectomy?

Is there a specific diet to control liquid stools resulting from a hemicolectomy?

BRAT diet: The banana rice apple (sauce) toast (brat) diet may temporarily increase the consistency of your stools as well as the use of some medications to decrease motility. However, I am confident that your surgeon may have these readily available. In many instances the resorption capacity of your remaining colon will compensate over time as well. ...Read more

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily. Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown. ...Read more

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Had stool tests to look for general problems due to soft stool. Which specific test looks for inflammation of intestines?

Had stool tests to look for general problems due to soft stool. Which specific test looks for inflammation of intestines?

Colitis?: First off all you do not do a bunch of testing to look for general problems. Now if you have abdominal pain then you need a thorough exam and then possible lab tests and diagnostic testing ...Read more

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Duodenal block 2 yrs ago pain since. Under right last rib not muscular very specific location pressed precisely pain is very intense & worse @ stools?

Duodenal block 2 yrs ago pain since. Under right last rib not muscular very specific location pressed precisely pain is very intense & worse @ stools?

Contact Doctor: Very intense pain can be serious. You might have a gall bladder problem. The organ is about where you described. The liver is also there but does not cause spot on pain as you described. Need exam and more information.
Connect with a doctor and feel better faster. ...Read more

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Stool sample for H. pylori, parasites & ova. They said put 1 tiny scoop into each jar. What if parasites happen to not be in that specific tiny scoop?

Stool sample for H. pylori, parasites & ova. They said put 1 tiny scoop into each jar. What if parasites happen to not be in that specific tiny scoop?

Not a problem: You are unlikely to have worms, unless you recently traveled to a poor country. If there are worms in sufficient numbers, a tiny sample will have their eggs. There are better tests for H pylori than stool examination and stool examination for ova and parasites is not useful for a resident of the US.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can differen smells of bm indicate specific infections? Babys sick & has very foul smelling stool, now I feel sick & just passed bm w same foul smell?

Can differen smells of bm indicate specific infections? Babys sick & has very foul smelling stool, now I feel sick & just passed bm w same foul smell?

Yes & no: The smell of poop is related to the gasses produced by the bowel germs and the odor of digested debris. Various forms of diarrhea or stools tainted by antibiotics have some recognizable odors. However, they are not specific enough for firm diagnosis, just good speculation. ...Read more

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Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Stool colors: Light brown, tan colored or yellowish stools are usually soft and seen with rapid transit of intestinal contents into the colon preventing normal pigmentation of feces. Black stool occurs with bleeding high up in the gi tract such as stomach or duodenum. They also occur with the taking of iron supplements and peptobismol. You may have irritable bowel syndrome; consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What tests are done to check for celiac? Stool test. Blood test? Specific test?

What tests are done to check for celiac? Stool test. Blood test? Specific test?

Several available: You can go through a two stage screening process.Celiac disease is an exaggerated form of gluten intolerance and may be suspected based on blood tests: elevated ttg-iga, if IgA deficient - ttg-igg. If the blood tests are suggestive an intestinal biopsy to study the cell changes is confirmatory. ...Read more

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I had an annual rectal test with my physical that tested neg and also sent in stool sample which was neg. What about cologuard? Colonscopy for 2017.

I had an annual rectal test with my physical that tested neg and also sent in stool sample which was neg. What about cologuard? Colonscopy for 2017.

Colonoscopy is best: Of the screening tests you have listed, colonoscopy is the only one that can also prevent colon cancer (by removal of precancerous lesions). If you have had one before and your next one is due in 2017, you do not need any further testing until then. This should hold true especially with what sounds like you had a negative fecal immunochemical test (FIT). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I can physically feel my stool in my intestines when I lay flat and I touch my lower stomach. My doc wants to check my stool. I am 5'5 114lbs?

I can physically feel my stool in my intestines when I lay flat and I touch my lower stomach. My doc wants to check my stool. I am 5'5 114lbs?

Common: People who are thin and who have firm stools may be able to feel their stool in the abdomen - it's normal. If you are constipated, or have difficult/painful stools, consider adding soluble fiber (2 tbsps twice daily) and drink lots of fluids/stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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I am suffering of mucus in stool. Doctors diagnosed for non specific chronic inflammatory lesion in small bowel and partial loss of villi.?

I am suffering of mucus in stool. Doctors diagnosed for non specific chronic inflammatory lesion in small bowel and partial loss of villi.?

Other symptoms?: By itself, mucus in stool is normal. Depending on any other symptoms, you are probably okay. ...Read more

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Blood in stool as part of physical...had in home fecal test for past two years, but this year it was positive is this possible cancer?

Blood in stool as part of physical...had in home fecal test for past two years, but this year it was positive is this possible cancer?

Need more info: In an adult male blood is stool warrants a colonoscopic examination to rule out colon cancer. However, colon cancer is not the only cause of blood in stool. Please consult with your doctor who know more about your health.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Daughter 5 had diarreah stomach cramps had little blood in stool not seen physically got culture done came back negative what could be causing this?

Daughter 5 had diarreah stomach cramps had little blood in stool not seen physically got culture done came back negative what could be causing this?

Many causes: There are many causes of stomach cramps, Diarrhoea and blood in stools. If the culture was negative have the stool examined for parasites like Giardia, amoeba and repeat the culture if necessary also looking for campylobacter and other organisms. If the symptoms are severe enough have the child seen again and right away if child's condition warrants it. ...Read more

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Gi workup=no ibd/celiac. Pain, bloody stool, fevers persist. Fingers clubbing. Bipolar ii; 2 yr sober; mentally doing great, but could physical problems be somatiform disorder? Sick of feeling sick.

Gi workup=no ibd/celiac. Pain, bloody stool, fevers persist. Fingers clubbing. Bipolar ii; 2 yr sober; mentally doing great, but could physical problems be somatiform disorder? Sick of feeling sick.

Unlikely but...: Possibly, but just because your docs haven't found the cause does not mean it's all in your head. It's not unusual for docs to have difficulty finding the cause of GI problems. You may well have food sensitivities (most with gluten sensitivity don't have celiac) ;/or parasites- common ; not easy to diagnose. You might have overgrowth of unfriendly flora- again hard to diagnose. See my comment:. ...Read more

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How accurate is an o & p stool test?

How accurate is an o & p stool test?

Stool exam parasites: Stool samples for parasites are examined by a variety of techniques, but the sensitivity depends mostly on the level of infection (heavy vs. Light) and the particular parasite. Certain types are readily identified by most lab personnel-- the common ones. Less common organisms with light infestations may be difficult to find and identify. Best to use an experienced lab. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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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

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What can cause dark stool?

What can cause dark stool?

Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more

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What does blue stool mean?

What does blue stool mean?

Ate blue food...: Blue stool probably means you ate or drank something with blue pigments or blue food coloring. ...Read more

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How can I pass a large stool?

Hydrate well.: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per /day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables ; 4 servings of fruit per day. Stay physically active w regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Please discuss your hemorrhoids w your physician. If this is not sufficient. Disimpaction is sometimes. ...Read more

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Tiny trace of black in stool?

Tiny trace of black in stool?

Melenic specks?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Persistent melena esp. With dyspeptic symptoms however warrants md visit. ...Read more

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Why do dark color stools occur?

Why do dark color stools occur?

Things that make: Black stools include iron, blood, bismuth, charcoal. There are many more things that can make for dark color. ...Read more

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What can I do for small stool????

Considered fiber?: Fiber, of both water soluble & water insoluble variety, provides health benefits. Fiber accelerates how quickly food transits through the gut. Fiber adds bulk to stool & improves bowel regularity. Fiber can be used as an adjunct to weight loss by filling you up without excess calories, and in so doing restricting fat intake. Keep in mind, too much fiber can make you gassy & increase stool volume. ...Read more

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Can hemrrhroids cause thin stools?

Can hemrrhroids cause thin stools?

Hemorrhoids: Narrow stool can sometimes be related to bowel obstructions (i.e., enlarged prostate, cancer, rectal polyps etc). Am not familiar w hemorrhoids causing significantly thin stool. ...Read more

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My stools are very hard suddenly?

My stools are very hard suddenly?

Evaluation/diet: Look into your diet-you may have change your diet some way that is affecting your bowel. Your diet may lack fiber, or you may dring less water that normally., or under some stress.Stress does affect your bowel as well. If you do not have any of the above reason, then you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Froth in stool, what does it means.

Possible absorption: Frothy stools are associated with some forms of gastroenteritis esp. If associated with blood.
Fat malabsorption can e associated with it too.
If it chronic or persistent. It needs evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do when your stool's green?

What to do when your stool's green?

It's OK.: A green stool color does not portend any illness or disease. If your stool would turn red or black those would be signs of alarm. No need to do anything at this time. Good luck. ...Read more