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Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Diarrhea: Your descriptions are too vague to warrant an appropriate answer. My advice would be to see your local doctor and if necessary be referred to a GI doctor. Health care in the UK is viewed as outstanding by most US physicians and I would encourage you to use it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a stool test reveal what particular type of pseudamonas a child has if stool test shows positive for pseudamonas growth, but child is asymptomatic?

Can a stool test reveal what particular type of pseudamonas a child has if stool test shows positive for pseudamonas growth, but child is asymptomatic?

Yes: The lab can do some refined testing to determine the strain. Pseudomonas is an occasional finding in a normal kids stool. It is not particularly worrisome. ...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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Abnormal stool test results. Worried, what to do?

Abnormal stool test results. Worried, what to do?

Vague: First provide as complete a story and data to your doctor. It may be trivial, or possibly significant. Please re-ask your question with more information. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results. Worried?

Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results. Worried?

Please clarify: Dozens of different tests can be done each with many possible results and meanings. It is your right to get an explanation now. ...Read more

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Can a stool test still be performed if I did not fill the test bottle?

Can a stool test still be performed if I did not fill the test bottle?

Usually: You do not need to fill the container. As long as there is a decent amount you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have a stool test to take, does it need to go for testing right away?

I have a stool test to take, does it need to go for testing right away?

Stool test: It depends what the stool test is for, but it can be kept in the fridge for some time before it is trasported to the lab for testing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test?

What is the difference between comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test?

Likely more testing: The best place to check is with the lab. They should be able to outline the difference between the 2 tests and give you a list of the tests being done. ...Read more

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Is the stool test "positive" when there is only a small speck of blue-green color on the test area?

Is the stool test "positive" when there is only a small speck of blue-green color on the test area?

Guaiac test +: Guaiac (leuco-dye) testing has been available for >100 years--the colorless dye turns blue or green in presence of adequate amounts of peroxidase-like substances (e.g. Hemoglobin) & hydrogen peroxide. Ingested iron, certain fruits & vegetables, some drugs, toilet bowel sanitizers give false-positive reactions. Method of collection & underlying pathology may account for your + finding--see doctor. ...Read more

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Will blood show up in stool test?

Will blood show up in stool test?

Usually: There are several different stool tests that can evaluate for occult blood. ...Read more

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Will a stool test figure out why my anus is hurting?

Will a stool test figure out why my anus is hurting?

See a doctor: A physical exam will be the best way to determine the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me, should a colonoscopy show everything a stool test would?

Can you please tell me, should a colonoscopy show everything a stool test would?

The two tests: Can be complimentary and there may be some overlap but each test has the potential to show something the other does not detect. It really depends on what you mean by "stool test", there are many kinds of stool tests. ...Read more

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Black specs on TP, for the past 8 months stool looks normal 3 negative stool test. Please advise?

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

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How serious is microscopic blood in the stool? I can't see it but stool test (FIT) says it's there.

How serious is microscopic blood in the stool? I can't see it but stool test (FIT) says it's there.

U r young.: Things like anal fissure, hemorrhoids can cause positive blood in stool. How long do u have this problem. Also there are certain food substances we take can falsely give positive results for blood. You are very young. Do you have any intestinal symptoms like constiption, diarrhea, pain abdomen, lot of gas production, poor appetite, lump in the bd. Then the blood in the stool needs to be looked into. ...Read more

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How accurate are the results from a colonoscopy as compared to the results from an at-home stool test?

How accurate are the results from a colonoscopy as compared to the results from an at-home stool test?

Colonoscopy better: Two stool tests available. Guaiac for blood not accurate picking up blood from hemorrhoids. Stool test for p53 gene mutation does not tell that tumor is present but that stool shows colonocytes with potential for being associated with cancer. Obviously colonoscopy which provides direct visualization of bowel most accurate with bx available ...Read more

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I had a stool test done it came back normal does that mean none of my stools cantain blood or just that piece tested thanks?

I had a stool test done it came back normal does that mean none of my stools cantain blood or just that piece tested thanks?

Family Practice: When we test for blood in the stool there needs to be several samples usually at least 3. Yes you may have false negative testing or miss it on any given sample. ...Read more

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PH AND REDUCING SUBSTANCES, STOOL TEST: Stool pH: 5.99 Reducing Substances 1+ (0.5 g/dL) what do these results mean please help?

PH AND REDUCING SUBSTANCES, STOOL TEST: Stool pH: 5.99 Reducing Substances 1+ (0.5 g/dL) what do these results mean please help?

Need more info: Do you have any symptoms? Why were the tests done? In isolation, the result are not meaningful.
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