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What does a soft stool with fat like deposits indicate?

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Posted on Sat, 9 May 2015 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Why is my stool soft and fudge like? It is the color of coffee beans and sometimes it looks like only fat deposits are coming out? Should I be concern?
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN 45 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Inflammatory bowel disease or protozoal infection can be a possibility.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Inflammatory bowel disease or protozoal infection can be a possibility. In case of inflammatory bowel condition you may have other symptoms like abdominal pain or bloating and worsening of condition by certain foods. Protozoal infections like giardiasis can give soft fudge like stools and fat like deposits also. Gastritis or peptic ulcer can give coffee bean colored stools due to blood from upper GI tract. But in case of that also there will be associated gastric discomfort or pain.


Initially a stool routine should be done to rule out these. Deworming with drugs like albendazole should be done. In case of malabsorption syndrome like giardiasis antibiotic therapy with metronidazole followed by probiotics will help.

Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear.
Thanks.
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What causes protozoal infections?
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
giardia or amoeba

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for your follow up.

Protozoal infections are caused by agents like giardia or amoeba. It can be caused food which is contaminated. Spreading of it from the cooks or people who handle it is also possible.

Stool routine will be helpful to identify this.

Let me know if anything not clear. I am happy to help you.
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Can steamed oysters cause this? Never been in contaminated water.
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
If not properly steamed then possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.

Thank you for your follow up query.

If not properly cooked then it is possible. Giardia can spread from not properly cooked oysters.

Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear.
Thanks.
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