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I have been experience intense flushing and diarrhea for a

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Hi. I have been experience intense facial flushing and diarrhea for a couple of months and it has been getting worse. I went to the doctor two days ago and they did a ua. I got the test results back but have not yet heard from the doctor. I noticed that my specific gravity was 1.001 which I think is low. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

That is diluted urine.

Can be from excessive hydration.

Also kidney problem possible.

That should be checked with blood tests.

However diarrhea and flushing can be due to the excessive serotonin in the body.

Serotonin metabolites can cause diarrhea and flushing.

If you are on an antidepressant then that can be a common caus.

Less commonly this can be due to the carcinoid syndrome.

This is a type of small intestinal tumors which produce excess serotonin.

That is checked by the 24 hour urine HIAA level --a different test that what you had.

A gastroenterologist should be consulted with.

Best wishes,

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