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What causes white blood cells in stool sample?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Question: I had white blood cells in my stool sample. Would this be a result of some kind of cancer?
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
IBD/bowel infection.....

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you for asking!
I am Klerida Shehu gastroenterologist.

With regards to white blood cells on stools mostly it may be due to:
- inflammatory bowel disease
- bacterial, parasitic bowel infection

White blood cells on stool is not a sign of bowel cancer.

Otherwise please could you give me more information about your symptoms?
- do you have diarrhea or constipation?
- do you have blood in stools?
- do you have fever?

Wish you fast recovery!
Dr.Klerida

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Klerida Shehu (22 minutes later)
I have occasional loose stools. never any blood. no fever. I have had a little trouble sleeping lately..
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please follow. ..

Detailed Answer:
Hi back

You are reporting to have occasional diarrhea. This is why I strongly suggest to do stool test for ova / parasites infection.
Ova /parasites can cause occasional diarrhea and white blood cells in stools.

Wish you all the best.
Dr.Klerida
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Klerida Shehu (25 hours later)
can parasites cause abdominal pain too?
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please follow....

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,
Sorry for my late!

Yes parasitic infection can cause abdominal pain and discomfort too.

Hope it was helpful to you.
Dr.Klerida
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes white blood cells in stool sample?

Brief Answer: IBD/bowel infection..... Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you for asking! I am Klerida Shehu gastroenterologist. With regards to white blood cells on stools mostly it may be due to: - inflammatory bowel disease - bacterial, parasitic bowel infection White blood cells on stool is not a sign of bowel cancer. Otherwise please could you give me more information about your symptoms? - do you have diarrhea or constipation? - do you have blood in stools? - do you have fever? Wish you fast recovery! Dr.Klerida