Stool Test?

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 10:30am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Has anyone heard of a stool test being given to determine food allergies? I know of a young baby who has just been given one by the pediatrician for that purpose. I've been trying to search for more info on this and can't find anything. Any info would help. ~Jessie

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 10:34am
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Joined: 09/11/2007 - 09:00

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Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 10:37am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I don't know the specifics but from what I understand this is THE TEST being given for food allergy. Not for anything else.

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 10:51am
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Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

When my DD was 3 months old she was having some blood in her stool, and I had to bring stool samples in every day for 3 days for testing. At that time I was told that the most common reason a baby will have blood in the stool is due to a dairy allergy.
From there we saw an allergist and had skin testing and blood work to confirm that she did have egg and dairy allergy. But all the stool sample confirmed was that she had blood in her stool. It was the allergy tests that told us why.
Did that make any sense?

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 10:59am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It makes perfect sense to me but I don't think that that is what is going on in this situation. I just found one page that explains what I'm talking about.
I am an allergist in Fairfield, Connecticut, and I have a couple of questions I hope you can help me with:
1. Many of the gastroenterologists and general pediatricians in this area order a "stool precipitin" test for food allergy in infants and young children. What do you know about this test? Is there any data to support its use?...
Because I have not been involved in the evaluation of infants/young children for many years, I consulted a colleague on the staff of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who has a particular interest in food allergies and GERD in children. He felt that the enthusiasm for measuring stool precipitins in stool may reflect some findings reported by a Yale group many years ago. His response is enclosed below.
The GI folks at Yale like the stool preciptins for diagnosis of food allergy, in particular for enterocolitis. To the best of my knowledge and my search on PubMed, there are no recently published studies examining stool precipitins and food allergies. The only reference is one by a group in Yale (Katz J, Spiro HM, Herskovic T. Milk-precipitating substance in the stool in gastrointestinal milk sensitivity. N Engl J Med. 1968 May 30;278(22):1191-4.)...
This is all I've found that is similar to the situation.

Posted on: Wed, 01/17/2007 - 11:36am
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Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

Recently our allergist (a PA researcher) ordered a stool culture to check for eosinophils as a first step to rule out any additional symptoms possibly being undiagnosed eosinophilic esophagitis. (child is 4) can search on EE to find out more-thats all I can help with

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 4:07am
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Joined: 01/20/2007 - 09:00

A little more info on this. The stool test came back negative. The baby was put on Nutramigen formula and the mom had to stop nursing and he cleared up. He had stuff all over his face and had really bad breathing issues (congestion that was in the chest and such). The mom was cleared to nurse and he broke out again. Any thoughts?

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 4:46am
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Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My dd was dx'd as Soy/Milk protein intolerance as an infant. She had severe exzema, excessive crying and mucousy, bloody stools. I cut out ALL soy and dairy while nursing and all symptoms cleared.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 12:18pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by AuntAmanda:
[b]A little more info on this. The stool test came back negative. The baby was put on Nutramigen formula and the mom had to stop nursing and he cleared up. He had stuff all over his face and had really bad breathing issues (congestion that was in the chest and such). The mom was cleared to nurse and he broke out again. Any thoughts?[/b]
Get a second opinion. Stool test sounds bogus.

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