FAQ - Fecal Impaction
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Is it useless to order a fecal Alpha 1 antitrypsin and NOT an BLOOD Alpha 1 antitrypsin ?

If the child has chronic diarrhea for 3 year and an al fecal is ordered, doesn't it make sense to order an A1 blood test too, just in case an A1 deficiency IS the problem, in a child with COPD?

IF a person is A1 deficient, wouldn't that warrant a low A1 fecal, even if the child IS loosing other proteins?

Actually, yes. Severe alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is diagnosed by an a-1 antitrypsin level below 50-80 mg/dL, as well as a genetic test for the type of deficiency (there are over 100 variations of this gene!).
This child should see a geneticist for a more thorough evaluation.  (+ info)

What do the different colors of fecal mean?

Can you determine how your insides are by the color of your fecal. i.e. brown, green, beige?

Your fecal matter is normally brown and depending on what you have eaten, this will determine the color. I once had a piece of cake with purple icing. The next day, I had purple fecal matter. If you take Pepto-Bismol, your stool will turn black. If you don't take Pepto-Bismol and you stool is black, it means you have blood in your fecal matter (like a bleeding ulcer, etc.) If you see that, go to the doctor. Also, watch out for green stool, that can usually mean you have an infection, although not always. You might have eaten a cake with green icing. LOL.  (+ info)

How does fecal matter change color and what does it mean?

I know fecal matter changes color and shades of brown are natural but I also know it changes colors when you are missing something or have to much of something. What does it mean? Some colors like black, green, yellow, pale.

what goes out depends on what went in.  (+ info)

How is waterproof underwear helpful in fecal incontinence?

I want to know how are water-proof underwear helpful in fecal incontinence? I am looking for a underwear which donot allow sweat to pass through it and prevents the outer clothes from soiling..is it what waterproof underwear serves? And are waterproof underwear..easily washable? To Remove stain in one wash?
I am talking about Anal Leakage

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Is it normal to eat fecal matter and drink urinal fluids for meals and beverages?

I eat my fecal matter and drink my urine on a daily basis. I have done so for as long as I can remember. All of my family has done it and thus, so have I. But recently, a friend of mine told me the practice is not normal. I obviously disagreed. But is my friend right, that eating fecal waste and drinking urine is abnormal? Or is it completely normal (like I believe)?

Well, generally speaking, no,it's not 'normal', but I have to respect other cultures if this is something you're used to. All I can say is, I'm not eating at your house!  (+ info)

How Do I Preserve A Fecal Sample for 16 Hours?

I need to bring a fecal sample to the doctor tomorrow but that's 16 hours away. How do I preserve it so it stays good. Do I put it in the fridge or leave it out or what? Please don't leave dumb answers, this is a very serious possible condition. Thank you.

Put it in the fridge.  (+ info)

What is it called when someone hides/stores/collects their own vomit or fecal matter?

Either for purposes of shame or to pick through and examine in privacy. Probably associated with bulimia and similar conditions...I have seen on TV a girl who stored vomit in large buckets in her closet. I recently became aware of someone who stores and examines his own fecal matter.

What is this condition called? or classified as?
Any links to information on this phenomenon?

Thank You!

Storing vomit is a common behavior of bulimics, for reasons I can't begin to fathom. Storing and playing with feces probably falls under the name of coprophillia. I have no idea why people would do this, but some people are just into poop.  (+ info)

How really to bear pain after my teeth impaction operation?

How really to bear pain after my teeth impaction operation?

how really to bear pain after my teeth impaction operation.how powerful are the painkillers in suppresing pain thats after my operation.will they ever fail to completely alleviate my pain.guidelines and advice and new insights about painkillers please#

well, when I had my impacted wisdom teeth pulled I was not given a prescription pain killer. I just took a shot of whiskey and two aspirins once or twice a day for several days. It didn't kill the pain completely, but it helped.
But if you have a prescription, then maybe that's as effective as my remedy.  (+ info)

My dad has to take a home fecal occult test, should I be worried?

My dad had a medical last week, and I have just found a fecal occult test on his desk. Should I be worried? Do they give lots of people these home tests? Is there a problem? I don't want to ask him, so I just wondered if someone could give me some info?

Fecal occult blood testing is used for colon cancer screening. The cards screen your colon for microscopic blood. If the test comes back negative (no blood) then you father should get a flex sig (which is a shorter version of a colonoscopy) every 5 years and do the stool cards yearly. If the test comes back positive (has blood in it) then he will need to get a full colonoscopy. However, if your father has a family history of colon cancer, polyps or has any unusual bowel habits (like diarrhea or constipation) or has seen blood in his stool then he should get a colonoscopy and not even bother with the stool cards.
So, it is normal for your doctor to give these cards to your father, it does not mean that there is something wrong with him :)  (+ info)

Whats the approximate cost for diarhea fecal test at Quest Diagnostics? I dont have insurance, so self paying?

I dont have insurance, so self paying. Whats the approximate cost for diarhea fecal test at Quest Diagnostics? I dont have insurance, so self paying. On 3 separate days I am to put the fecal matter into 3 separate tubes then take them to Quest for the analysis.
They dont answer the phone and they dont return the voice mail. Besides, an answer to "call them" or "ask them" is so obvious its worthless. Try again please.

call em' up.  (+ info)

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