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11 yr old son (vegan), stool is rancid, smells like something died. He said his stool is normal in color and consistancy. What can cause this?

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Dr. Joanne Peck
Pediatrics

In brief: Incomplete digestion

Sometimes, food is passed from the small to large intestine without being completely digested; the bacteria in the large bowel then work on the incompletely digested food, causing foul odors and sometimes gas.
Sugars can be a major culprit. This is very common after episodes of viral stomach flu; the virus causes lower levels of enzymes in the small bowel, which will return to normal in a few wk.

In brief: Incomplete digestion

Sometimes, food is passed from the small to large intestine without being completely digested; the bacteria in the large bowel then work on the incompletely digested food, causing foul odors and sometimes gas.
Sugars can be a major culprit. This is very common after episodes of viral stomach flu; the virus causes lower levels of enzymes in the small bowel, which will return to normal in a few wk.
Dr. Joanne Peck
Dr. Joanne Peck
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Foul odor

Eggs might possibly be the culprit.
Hard boiled eggs may produce foul smelling gas.

In brief: Foul odor

Eggs might possibly be the culprit.
Hard boiled eggs may produce foul smelling gas.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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