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Biliary problems: Stool can be gray or clay-colored if it contains little or no bile. The pale color may signify a condition (biliary obstruction) where the flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed, such as, obstruction of the bile duct from a tumor or gallstone in the duct or nearby pancreas. ...Read more
Silver vs. Melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more
My 8 month old son had a thick gray stool tonight almost a dark bluish gray. Could this mean something bad? His still this morning was normal
My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool. What's wrong? Ty
Many causes: There are many causes and the only way to come to a diagnosis would be to have her examined and also have microscopic examination of her stools. In addition to bacteria and viruses we also need to look for Giardia and amoebas. This can also happen due to allergy and milk intolerance. So make an appointment and have her seen. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black. It has been gray for about a week.
Good: Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). And in your case since you take iron, black stool would be expected and not worrisome. Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, gray, even blue (blue kool-aid or blueberries) or purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If you have a persistent change in your stool habits, you should contact your physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a short period of strange stools that are not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?
Should I take 16 yr old son to e r for gray stool and black vomit? Had blood in stool before. Blood work ok last month, started miralax (polyethylene glycol).
He's bleeding somewhere
Liver disease?: Pale gray or white stools (acholic stools) is generally a sign of liver disfunction. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more
Let me explain: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes — changing the pigments from green to brown. ...Read more
Variable per patient: Bowel frequency in america varies from 3 movements daily to 1 every three to four days. Much of this variablity is dependent on colonic transit. As measured by sitz marker study (a capsule that releases 24 plastic rings in the stomach that then are recorded by x-ray as they move forward in the gut), normal evacuation is defined as >80% rings defecated by 5 days after sitz marker ingestion. ...Read more
Change or usual 4 U?: Amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of GI tract, medications ; supplements, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, more. If stool pattern has not changed ; is usual for you, then no need to worry. Medical evaluation is warranted if you've seen a change or had alarm signs/symptoms. ...Read more
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 doc. Air=floats ...Read more
Benign = Good: Dear Jason, luckily, I think that what you are reading is that your stool sample was "benign" which means that there was nothing in it that concerned the doctor doing the review. This is a good thing.... ...Read more
White specks: I can’t diagnose the reason for the white spots in your stool. Possible causes can be increased mucus in the stool because of irritation of the gastrointestinal tract or infections. Some foods can cause this. A gallstone when passed could have this coloration. ...Read more