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Dr. Karen Dantin
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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Finished a 10 day prescription of amoxicillin. I noticed I have a bowel movement every day (usually once every 3-7 days) but they are blue-green?..

Finished a 10 day prescription of amoxicillin.  I noticed I have a bowel movement every day  (usually once every 3-7 days) but they are blue-green?..

Med effect: Probably this is a feature of the antibiotic changing the normal microbial flora in your gut. As long as not yellowish and very foul smelling, should be ok. Could also be opportunity to add stool softener (miralax/fiber gummies/prunes--whatever you can take daily and tolerate) to increase the frequency of your bms. Constip & infreq bms can predispose to diverticulitis among other things. ...Read more

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Why do you have a green bowel movement ?

Why do you have a green bowel movement ?

Related to food: Likely related to food items you've eaten. Or sometimes to non-food items: ingesting foods that have been colored with food coloring can change the stool appearance transiently. My brother once ate blue chalk. Yes- you guessed it right. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does mirlax turn bowel movement green?

Does mirlax turn bowel movement green?

That is possible: If transit time through the GI tract increases - that can cause green stool. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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What cause green bowel movement?

What cause green bowel movement?

Some green undigestd: It may be green if you ate some green colour food which was undifested.If otherwise your bowels are regular and normal, i will not worry about it, but if you have green stool persisting then consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Bowel movement is often green in color. Should I be concerned?

Bowel movement is often green in color.  Should I  be concerned?

No: Bile from the liver is green. If there ia little food to interact in the intestine or if trannsit timme is short stool can be green. ...Read more

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
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What's it mean when your bowel movement is bright green?

What's it mean when your bowel movement is bright green?

Rapid Transit: Bright green stool can be caused by many things but most of the time is due to the rapid movement of stool through the colon. The color of stool changes from green (bile) to yellow-brown as it passes through the colon. Any factor which leads to an increase passage of stools through the colon can prevent the change of coloring, hence the green stool. Ex: diarrhea after taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why is my bowel movement dark green? Is this bad?

Why is my bowel movement dark green? Is this bad?

Green Stool: 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 change stool >. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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When your bowel movement is green color what does this mean?

Not much.: Stool starts out green in the small bowel, and bacteria turn it brown. Rapid transit of stool through the intestines, or a change in bacterial populations, can prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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If your bowel movement is coming out green is something wrong?

If your bowel movement is coming out green is something wrong?

Usually not.: Stool starts out green in the small bowel, and bacteria turn it brown. Rapid transit of stool through the intestines, or a change in bacterial populations, can prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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