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What can cause bulky stool?

What can cause bulky stool?

Constipation: If stool is overly dry - the texture may become hard & rough. If there is significant fiber intake without adequate hydration - that can also be an issue. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Eat high fiber foods and drink water. Exercise regularly. Try to get in 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables per day. ...Read more

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What causes pale bulky stool, ?

What causes pale bulky stool, ?

Pale bulky stools: Pale bulky stools are due to steatorrhoea, or called malabsorption syndrome.It is due to failure to absorp nutrients from gastro intestinal tract.There are at least 200 causes of the syndrome.Celiac disease is one of the most common inherited malabsorption syndrome. ...Read more

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Fat droplets in stool what does that mean?

Fat droplets in stool what does that mean?

Absorption: Usually it means a problem in absorption. The fat goes through the intestinal tract not fully digested and ends in the stool. There are many reasons for this scene which you should discuss with your doctor to figure out the cause. ...Read more

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Help! what causes the presence of fat in a stool?

Help! what causes the presence of fat in a stool?

Small amt normal: Small amount of fat in stool is normal ; fatty stooltends to be foul smelling, pale/yellowish, bulky, sticky, greasy, sometimes with oil droplets in toilet. Can be with intestinal problems, e.g. Celiac sprue, crohn's disease, tropical sprue, parasites, pancreatic insufficiency. Can be from olestra, (wow potato chips-poorly digestible fat), or Alli (causes malabsorption of fat), gastro bypass surg. ...Read more

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What can I take or which food to eat to make the stool softer, but not to bulky?

What can I take or which food to eat to make the stool softer, but not to bulky?

Fiber sources.: Fiber is found in fruits (blueberries, cranberries, apples), vegetables (broccoli, radicchio, endive, spinach), whole-grain breads (whole-GRAIN more than whole-WHEAT) and some breakfast cereals. Fiber supplements exist as well. It's always better to include all sources of fiber as part of a healthy, varied meal plan. 50 grams daily for women, 70 for men. And drink lots of water. ...Read more

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My stool is always thick heavy pasty but soft but it's still hard to pass. What can I do to get my stool to become more light and loose?

Fiber, fluids & exer: I don't know about making your stool "more light" but you can't argue against fiber, fluid & exercise to keep from being constipated. Ideally, you'd get your fiber from your foods but there are also fiber supplements available along w/stool softeners, too. Don't worry about consistency as long as you don't have to strain. Check w/your doc re need for colonoscopy (low risk vs high). ...Read more

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White thick mucus stuff in stool?

Mucous in stool: Not normal, Best to see doctor and have this check out. Could be several things but without exam and tests not much to help you at this point. ...Read more

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My 11mos old baby have fat globules in his stool?

My 11mos old baby have fat globules in his stool?

Stool: Fat in stool may be due to malabsorption. Followup with baby's doctor re stool changes. ...Read more

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Why was my last stool white and looked like a fat worm?

Not sure.: Prompt medical evaluation is warranted for pattern of extremely light stools. There are a number of possible causes such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Any significant change in bowel habitus warrants assessment. ...Read more

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Sudan IV test shows fat in stool. What is the next step to finding out why fat is being malabsorbed?

Sudan IV test shows fat in stool. What is the next step to finding out why fat is being malabsorbed?

Number of tests: The work up of fat malabsorption includes the stool study already done, blood work, abdominal imaging and ERCP. These tests can be done under the supervision of a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I recently had stool with what looked like a red thick string, is this something I should get checked out right away?

I recently had stool with what looked like a red thick string, is this something I should get checked out right away?

Blood in stool: Blood in a bowel movement is abnormal and in your age group a minor condition like anal fissure or hemorrhoid is a usual cause. Since you are not bleeding profusely and don't have abnormal bowel symptoms otherwise there is no urgency in being examined but you could discuss this with your physician or Gynecologist who will advise you. ...Read more

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My stool is never hard anymore. Always soft & mushy. Hard to pass. Why might this be? Sometimes easy cause it's thick watery.

Multiple reasons: Interfere diet has changed where you are not taking in adequate fiber will have soft and mushy stool. Also if there is a reason to have increased water in urine or stool from gastrointestinal disorder like malabsorption this could be the reason. Any reason that you might have developed diabetes? Has your fluid intake increased dramatically? ...Read more