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Had frequent bowel movements. Done fecal analysis. Do I have diarrhea?

hello doctor, i had my bowel movement 4 times this day after a week of not defecating. here is the result of my fecalysis color:brown consistency:loose bacteria:many and the remarks was: no intestinal parasite seen. do i have diarrhea? does many bacteria found in the fecalysis indicates abnormality in stool consistency or not? thanks
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Pai,
Thanks for writing your query.

I hope that the collection container you used for collecting the stool sample was clean as your stool report is suggestive of bacterial contamination.

You should get the culture and senstivity test done of your stool.
The stool sample should be collected in a sterlized container.
Treatment can be planned according to the reports of the investigation.

If you are having increased frequency of stool, then it is called diarrhoea.
Pus cells, if present in the sample, indicate bacterial cause for the infection.

Take care of your diet. Eat light meals prepared in hygeinic conditions. Drink pure water only.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Diarrhea is loosely defined as passage of abnormally liquid or unformed stools at an increased frequency. So you may have diarrhea. However, what you should be aware is that diarrhea and constipations do appear alternately at your case. Such symptom can be present with bowels obstruction due to colon cancer or any other large intestine pathology. And this should be ruled out at first.
To do that I suggest you to visit gastroenterologist, have abdominal ultrasound and colonoscopy performed. Especially if you have had any weight lost recently, blood in stool or abdominal pains.

In every stool there is lots of bacteria as they are a part of our digestive system. This bacteria do produce vitamins, protect us from other pathological bacteria, digest bile so the stool has its color. So presence bacteria in stool is nothing wrong. It is important what kind of bacteria does the stool contain. To get to know it, stool culture test should be performed.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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