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Can the oily glue stuff I saw in my sons bowel be worms!!! It was grey/white in color and looked like a glue. Help.
More likely mucus: Collect your worm and bring it in for evaluation. ...Read more
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
3yr old son has had 4 bowel mvments in same # of data each one being bright blue/teel in color even turning water bluish startin to worry...advice?
When I have large quantity of bowel, or frequent, i occ. Experience bleeding. Not just a little, it will change water color. Usually 2x/mo. Concerned?
Maybe: Digested blood from the upper GI tract is usually black, marroon and or tarry/loose in consistency. If you think you may be having GI blood loss you should always see your doctor for evaluation. There are simple tests which can be done on stool to evaluate for the presence of blood. Anytime you have copious amounts of black tarry stool or bright blood in stool seek immediate evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi what is the soft gel like thing I saw in my sons bowel. It looked like a paste and was oily. Color looked grey/whitish.Pls help. I hope not worms
Cannot be diagnosed: online. I suggest a pediatric or medical exam, stool analysis and further testing. Your decription is too vague and a laboratory analysis is your best bet. ...Read more
When : When feces transits too quickly through the colon, liquids are not reabsorbed which usually leads to a loose stool. Additionally because of the rapid movement through the large intestine there is not time for the bile salts to be metabolised, so they do not change from green to brown. Of course, eating green vegetables can also lead to green bowel movements. If you have a prolonged change in bowel habitus, this warrants medical examination. ...Read more
Stools now "pale": Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more
May be serious: No big deal if this is only very occasional. But if the stool is persistently white or clay colored it could mean that you have a blockage that is stopping bile from the liver getting into the gut. You need to see a doctor. This could be from a common bile duct stone or chronic pancreatitis, but may be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more
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