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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


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Should I take Flagyl for cdiff if GI never checked me? No stool, blood test. Should I ask further examinations before taking something I might not need?

Should I take Flagyl for cdiff if GI never checked me? No stool, blood test. Should I ask further examinations before taking something I might not need?

Depends: Sometimes patients are given emperic therapy based on complaint. Clostridium difficile can cause a GI illness presenting as diarrhea following antibiotic use. It can be easily treated with Flagyl but if not treated may lead to severe illness, protracted hospitalization and even death. If you have concerns speak with your doctor. There is a stool test available. ...Read more

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Cdiff 4yrs ago — now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected New infection or colonized?

Cdiff 4yrs ago — now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected
New infection or colonized?

Monitor: Once you have C. diff there is a reasonable chance you can be colonized. The criteria for infection include watery stools in excess of 3-4 times daily. The pain or discomfort is usually in the lower abdomen. Soft stools with a relatively low daily frequency usually are not indicative of C. diff. In summary, the presence of C. diff. In your stool in itself is not indicative of infection ...Read more

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I have a conflict in specialists. Gi issues after cdiff. And recurrent kleb utis. -stool culture -ct-mri-belly film -us. Gi wants scope but I have +uti no flora. Believe it's kleb overgrowth. Help.

I have a conflict in specialists. Gi issues after cdiff. And recurrent kleb utis. -stool culture -ct-mri-belly film -us. Gi wants scope but I have +uti no flora. Believe it's kleb overgrowth. Help.

Depends: If you have GI symptoms and are in an age group at risk for colon cancer, then it seems reasonable to have the scope; that said, any GI infection may be followed by chronic symptoms even after the infection is cleared;. ...Read more

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My 19 months old son has mucus in his stools. In december 2013 he was diagnosed mith colitis and clostridium difficile there is no blood seen.

My 19 months old son has mucus in his stools.  In december 2013 he was diagnosed mith colitis and clostridium difficile there is no blood seen.

Your question?: I don't know what your question is, but you need to take your son to your pediatrician promptly for further evaluation. C. diff has a nasty way of recurring and just because "no blood is seen" doesn't mean there's no blood in his stool. I certainly hope the mucus isn't a sign of something serious, but you need to find out for certain. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to donate my feces to a clostridium difficile pill?

C.diff treatment: Interesting you know about how effective stool donations can be for helping C. diff patients. It works very well. C. diff is a horrible and devastating disease, killing up to 15% of victims according to the CDC. You may want to freeze your own stool if you're worried about it or concerned for a relative. Obviously keeping that separate from food is a must. There are no labs doing this yet. ...Read more

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What shapes should your stools look like?

What shapes should your stools look like?

Stool: Everybody is different but a long log or s shape is technically "normal". What is also important to note is when there is a significant change in your vowel movements. ...Read more

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What do pencil stools look like?

What do pencil stools look like?

Thin and long: Very much like a thick pen/pencil--thin and long and not like normal stools. ...Read more

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Why is does my stool look like ash?

Many things.: Ash colored stool often indicates a difficulty with excretion of bilirubin as is seen in hepatitis, gallstone disease, alcoholic liver disease, or medication effect. Should see doc to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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I worry about my stool related to gastritis. What is dark stool look like?does dark stool really black?

I worry about my stool related to gastritis.  What is dark stool look like?does dark stool really black?

Gastritis: Yes, dark stool really does look "black". This may sometimes be indicative of bleeding from a GI source such as the stomach. ...Read more

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What does healthy stool look like

What does healthy stool look like

Brown, soft, formed: Basically, brown, soft, but well-formed. Anything else on a consistent basis may need evaluation — especially if other symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does my stool look like dry potting soil?

Why does my stool look like dry potting soil?

Dry stool: May be constipated. Need to drink about 2-3 liters fluid water /gatorade / juices a day, more in hot humid climates as if not enough water the bowel resorbs the water from stool. Eat greens, avocado, sweet potatoes strawberries,-fiber rich fruits and vegetables. Entities like masses rare at your age and inflammation has mucus/ blood but may be irritable bowel. F/u/ w /doc ...Read more

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What does mean if your stools look like a rope?

What does mean if your stools look like a rope?

Means: Less frequent bowel movements (Stool "fills up" the lower descending colon/rectum)
and /or HIGH FIBER consumption!

In any case does not sount "serious"
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

Just as U described: 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 (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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What could be causing my stool to look like tissue / snot?

What could be causing my stool to look like tissue / snot?

Abnormal stool: May be signs of inflammation or other bowel disorder. You should be examined by your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are stools that look like the color Burnt Sierra normal?

Stools colors: The color that you described could be a slow bleeding higher up in the GI tract. The stools are light/white with liver diseases, pale yellow or green with gastroenteritis but any shade of red may indicate a bleeding, the different shades of red indicates where in the GI tract the bleeding is occurring. ...Read more

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What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

Stool quality: You won't see fiber in human stool per se, it will just be bulky and pass out easily when you have enough fiber in your diet. 25-30 grams/day is the target for adults. ...Read more

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The last week or so my stools have had little whitish things in it that really look like corn. However, I haven't eaten corn in months?

The last week or so my stools have had little whitish things in it that really look like corn.  However, I haven't eaten corn in months?

Corn in stools: I think you have parasites in your GI tract.
Look carefully, or use a magnifying glass, probably you will see fine rounded elongated worms, which most commonly are is an intestinal infestation by the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis, usually in children. Its major symptom is perianal itching. Diagnosis is by visual inspection for threadlike worms in the perianal area or examination of fecesA single dose of mebendazole 100 mg po ...Read more

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I find if I eat lots of chips and fries, my stool looks kind of greasy for the next few days. Doesn't normally look like this. What causes this?

Fat/grease: Possibly, the types of foods you mention, are high in fats. Essentially, what goes in your mouth, defines what will come out the other end in time. So, it is important to eat healthy, and then your stools would be "healthy" as well. Good luck, eat well! ...Read more

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What do pinworm in stools look like?

What do pinworm in stools look like?

Very small: Pinworms look like small rolled-up pieces of toilet paper. Doctors sometimes use the "tape" test at night to diagnose them because pinworms come out at night and will get stuck to the adhesive. ...Read more

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What do parasites in stools look like?

What do parasites in stools look like?

Parasites: There are very few that are macroscopic (seen without a microscope), and many are diagnosed by the presence of their eggs. Sometimes ascaris and tapeworms can be seen with the naked eye. The first looks like a very large worm and the tapeworm segments look like short white cubes. ...Read more

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What do tape worm segments in stools actually look like?

Photograph: Here is a photograph of tapeworms in fresh stool:
http://www.Bing. Com/images/search? Q=tapeworm+stool&qs=as&sk=&form=qbir&pq=tape%20worm%20stool&sc=2-15&sp=1&qs=as&sk=#view=detail&id=b7e7b84f39fabbdd4ef38616f5920036f0a1fce4&selectedindex=6. ...Read more

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What should my 3 month old baby's stool look like if they are healthy?

What should my 3 month old baby's stool look like if they are healthy?

Normal stools: In breast fed babies is usually loose and mustard colored. Formula fed stools are yellow and seedy. The presence of mucous is occasionally normal, but blood or large amounts of mucous is not. ...Read more

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What should my 3 month old baby's stool look like if they are healthy?

What should my 3 month old baby's stool look like if they are healthy?

Normal stools: In breast fed babies is usually loose and mustard colored. Formula fed stools are yellow and seedy. The presence of mucous is occasionally normal, but blood or large amounts of mucous is not. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

Feces is the product of ...Read more