White stool can be a sign of fat malabsorption, as with pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, but barium used for X-rays can also give the same appearance. Mucus in the stool can give it a whitish appearance and may be due to inflammation or benign conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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What can cause white stool?
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What is leaky gut syndrome?
Eva Cwynar, MD, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answeredLeaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of the intestines is weakened to the point that their contents can leak out and enter the bloodstream, causing a variety of health problems from fatigue to food sensitivities to skin rashes to migraines. Although the cause of leaky gut syndrome is not really known, it has at times been attributed to allergies, exposure to toxins (which would in turn cause the toxins to leak into the bloodstream), and poor dietary choices.
The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome can include abdominal pain, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance, and food allergies.
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What is gastric analysis?
Penn Medicine answeredGastric analysis is used to evaluate gastric secretory function and to identify Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Studies are commonly performed in patients with hypergastrinemia to distinguish achlorhydria (appropriate hypergastrinemia commonly due to medication therapy or pernicious anemia) from Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (inappropriate hypergastrinemia).
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