Dr. Mutlu describes that difference in stools that float or sink.
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That’s kind of hard to say, sometimes whether, depending on what the person has eaten, the way the stool floats may be different. If a person has too many floating stools where you see oil around it or droplets of oil around it, and they are eating a not very high fat diet, that sometimes could be a sign of malabsorption, but this is a very non-specific sign, so we don’t pay too much importance to whether the stool floats or not. I think it is more important that the stool does not contain any blood, that it has a form or a shape, that it doesn’t look black. When it looks black, it could be a sign of bleeding from the upper parts of the intestine, and those would be the main things that we would consider in the medical profession, abnormal stool.