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Liquid Stool - Orange

  1. 0 in clinicals today; needed stool sample from a pt w/ n/v/abd pain; labwork, xray unremarkable. it seriously was bright orange and liquid. can't find much info in my textbooks or on the web. never seen nor heard of it. any ideas? pt already had gallbladder out, appy. thanks!
  2. Visit  AggieNurse99 profile page

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  3. Visit  pagandeva2000 profile page
    Is the person taking Rifampin for TB? That is known for turning secretions and stools red, but I don't remember anything about making it liquid.
  4. Visit  Christie RN2006 profile page
    Do you know what meds they were on?
  5. Visit  AggieNurse99 profile page
    Not on rifampin. morphine/zofran prn, NS, protonix, solumedrol IV. Home meds - paxil, nexium, micardia HCT. Hx asthma w/prn albuterol.
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  7. Visit  locolorenzo22 profile page
    Also, had they eaten anything that was orange? Was it mucusy at all...did it have a strong/strange odor? My first thought was C-diff or some strange bacteria dude...
  8. Visit  skinc1 profile page
    I have seen urine bright orange but not often seen stool that color. Sometimes people with kidney failure and conditions like pancreatitis secrete some weird stuff in their stool and urine. I would guess it was something he ate, meds he had taken, or some disease process that caused a breakdown of proteins and or enzymes in his stool. But still, very weird!

    Oh and the orange urine was on a guy going through DT's from ETOH withdrawl.....
  9. Visit  Elvish profile page
    Liver failure? Kayexelate?
    (this is not my specialty, btw. I'm just shaking the cobwebs off to throw out ideas!)
  10. Visit  TAB_RN profile page
    Sounds like the patient is on Alli or Xenical....
  11. Visit  Miami NightNurse profile page
    The only thing I know of that would make orange liquid stool is someone taking Xenical for weight loss and then eating alot of fat. The orange liquid would be oily.
  12. Visit  AggieNurse99 profile page
    Thank you! I'll make sure to ask about use of wt-loss aids tomorrow.
  13. Visit  core0 profile page
    Quote from maryk99
    Thank you! I'll make sure to ask about use of wt-loss aids tomorrow.
    Add antacids or bile salts. Also the following vegetables:
    Collard greens
    Fresh thyme
    Sweet potatoes
    Turnip greens
    Winter squash

    Basically anything with Beta Carotene.

    Stool is yellow green (primarily from bile) at the top of the GI tract. It turns brown as the bile is enzymatically changed in the small bowel and colon.

    David Carpenter, PA-C
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  14. Visit  flightnurse2b profile page
    my guess would be one of these:

    -pt is taking weight loss supplement or eating diet foods containing olestra
    -short gut syndrome
    -c. diff
    -vitamin a tox. due to some kind of malabsorption
    -chronic liver dz

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