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Stool test showed brownish color stool, few vegetable cells and traces of starch. What does this indicate?

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My Routine stool test shows brownish colour stool,PH alkaline, Mucus present, few Vegetable cells & traces of starch, XXXXXXX blood is absent.What does it indicate !
Posted Wed, 27 Mar 2013 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 30 minutes later
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Brownish colour stool- this is normal, the bile pigments are responsible for the brown colour of the stool.

PH alkaline: the pH of stool is reported as normal when between 7 to 7.5. If it is greater it would be called alkaline. An alkaline stool can occur if undigested proteins are present, in infection or inflammation of the intestines or with anti biotic use. Some persons may have an alkaline stool with no history of problems.

Mucus present- mucus is found in small amounts in stool but not usually in large quantities. The most common reason is swallowed mucus. It can also be found in persons with infection of the intestine or a history of inflammatory bowel disease.These illnesses would be associated with pain in the abdomen, change in bowel habits and in some persons , bloody stool.

The vegetable cells and starch are just remnants of what you would have used and it is ok.
The fact that there is no blood is also good.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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