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Stomach pain, stool analysis, undigested is positive

Dear Dr XXXXXXXXXX, I have son 7 years old, 2 days ago he complained his stomach cramping then we went to the hospital to meet the Pediatrician ..after phisicaly checked it was ok then Dr asked to have stool analysis...we have received the lab report. It came to my attention because MICROSCPIC ExAMINATION shows that Undigested is + I want to know what does it means? Thanking in advance for your explanation Dr XXXX
Asked On : Thu, 10 May 2012
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Welcome to health Care Magic.

You have only mentioned about the undigested food particles only. To come to a conclusion , the complete report has to be reviewed.

Anyways some amount of undigested food particles are found in stool analysis , which is normal. If it is high, it suggests the food transit in gut is rapid. This usually is seen in malabsorption secondary digestive enzyme deficiency ( pancreatic or small intestinal enzymes).
Presence of fat in stools favors the diagnosis of Malabsorption ( Fat is invariably present in the stool in all forms of malabsorption.

As you have mentioned only the undigested material came to your attention, i would assume that rest of the report is normal. In that case, there shall be no major problem with your child and the undigested material in stool is an occasional and a normal finding.

Dont worry, your child is gonna be fine.

Wish your son a speedy recovery
Take Care

Answered: Thu, 10 May 2012
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