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Removal of ileocecal valve, diarrhea controlled by questran or imodium, health problems with oxalates due to this missing valve

I had my ileocecal valve removed 15 months ago along with a short piece of bowel and colon on either side. Since then I have had daily diarrhea controlled only with Questran or Imodium . Will this ever correct itself? I m also finding info on the web about health problems with oxalates due to this missing valve. Would it make sense to follow a low oxalate diet?
Asked On : Thu, 29 Mar 2012
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Ileoceacal valve is a barrier between small and large bowel. lack of this valve will allow large intestinal bacteria to enter the sterile small bowel, and breaks your bile acid metabolites, and that is what causes diarrhea.
It is true that oxalates will enhance your trouble and hence you may restrict it but oxalate free diet is not the total solution.
you may spontaneously improve over time. Also, you may respond to some antibiotics and low fat diet.
all the best.
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