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I smell like rotten flesh.

04/15/2008

Question:

10-07 I had surgery to remove my gall bladder, after a three year battle with upper right quadrant pain and smelly stool that smells like rotting flesh. Four months afterwards the smells is worst than ever.My stomach is hard and bloated, and I have gas all the time.My bottom is raw from constant bathroom visits. What causes this problem? I feel like I`m dying from the inside out. It`s a very embarrassing odor for anyone especially a woman.

Answer:

You may have bacterial overgrowth. Consult with your gastroenterologist to see if a breath test or a stool culture, or even an empiric trail of rifaximin, would be in order. You could try something with natural bacteria or yeast in it, in the meantime, to see if that helps (culturelle, VSL-III, etc.).

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati