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Floating Stool

Richard Speare Richard.Speare at jcu.edu.au
Sun Dec 13 21:52:21 EST 1998

On Mon, 14 Dec 1998 yersina at hotmail.com wrote:

> What type (if any) of parasits are known to cause floating stool ?

Floating stool can be an indication of malabsorption producing
steatorrhoea (fat in the faeces). Giardia can sometimes cause
malabsorption. However, do not diagnose giardiasis on this clinical sign.
If you suspect gastrointestinal parasites, get the stool specifically
tested for them by a reliable medical laboratory.

Rick Speare

Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
James Cook University

Phone:	-61-(0)7-47-225700
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