Undigested Food In Stools

What Causes Undigested Food In Stools?

Undigested food in stools can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose undigested food in stools, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "undigested food in stools" as a symptom.  For example, poor digestion.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
fatty food intolerance
regular unexplained nausea
lactose intolerance
meal-related burping
general flatulence
stomach upset by taking vitamins
iron deficiency anemia
low desire to eat breakfast
brittle fingernails
vegetarian diet
coated tongue
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of undigested food in stools.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate irregular stools, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you noticed undigested food in your stools, other than corn?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally
→ Often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate undigested food in stools, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion.