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A 40-year-old member asked:

what does green stool mean?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Varies: Anything from eating a can of spinach to having a nasty bacterial infection such as pseudomembranous colitis. Whether to seek help depends on one's other symptoms if any.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Green stool color: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor.

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Supposing that the colour of your stool is green consistently. What does that mean?

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Green eggs ; ham !: (just kidding) any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can >.
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change stool color. If there is a change to stooling pattern that can’t be explained a medical eval would be prudent.
May 2, 2014
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when you have forest green stools

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Green stool: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you consumed in the last few days. If the green color is unusual for you & persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor.

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