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What Causes Bright Yellow Diarrhea In Adults
Bile: Bile secreted by the liver and reabsorbed in intestine to be recycled through the liver is the chief contributing factor to green color of stool. Having no gallbladder, the storage bag for bile between meals can result in yellow-green bile salt diarrhea in some individuals. Rapid transit of stool through the intestines during diarrheal illness can result in green stools. Some foods & dyes cause. ...Read more
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more
Yellow GI fluids: Both the yellow diarrhea and the yellow bile color in vomitus are due to the same chemical, bile, which is produced by the liver. Normally you never see it in the stomach because normal eating keeps it moving down the GI tract. But when you vomit, and if you're stomach has no food, then all there is to see is the bile. When you're not eating regularly, the same bile will make your stool yellow. ...Read more
Crampy yellow stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Yellow stool typically represents bile as seen with rapid GI transit (altered due to many causes). Cramps with your symptoms at 67 years old deserve evaluation please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Greasy vs. mucusy?: Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic and/or biliary disease, small bowel malabsorption, or excessive dietary fat intake) vs mucusy stool (due to a range of conditions from inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, or "functional" due to rectal dysfunction, colon delay, or irritable bowel syndrome)? Need tests. ...Read more
What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?
Good possibilities: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Stool studies & exam should help to at least start addressing some of these possibilities. ...Read more
Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more
What causes feces to be nearly white in color? Diarrhea 2 days (green) then white feces, with gas
Hello, : Hello, when the feces transits too fast through the colon, it doesn't get adequate liquid reabsorbed by the body. The green bile in the feces doesn't get metabolized into the normal brown color of feces. The white feces means that there is a problem with lack of bile. This needs to be medically evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet maybe: Diarrhea can be due to infections, inflammation, tumors, narrowing, increased motility from meds, stress, or die. Keep a food journal, add more fiber to bulk up your stool & see your doc for futher eval. The most common dietary sources are dairy, gluten, sugar and soy. Eliminate the one you think is the problem or all, wait 3 weeks to clear, & slowly add back one at a time & see if you get symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can gastroenteritis cause clay coloured / grey stools in a child with no other symptoms other than slight diarrhea?
Depends on things...: Yellow is one of the normal stool colors, but usually in babies. For non-babies, stool color changes to more yellow if the stool is looser and is moving through the bowels in a shorter time, but that should be only temporary. Older children and adults don't have yellow stool as their normal stool, so a doctor can check to see if there is an infectious problem or gall bladder (bile) problem. ...Read more
Need more info: Normal stool color can vary greatly from brown to green to yellow. Yellow can result from a fatty meal, but could also indicate liver/gallbladder disease. Black, maroon, bloody, pale, white, clay colored stools or greasy/foamy/floating/mucus stools are all a cause for concern. Stooling frequency can also vary. More important than the #stools/day is a change in the normal pattern of stooling. ...Read more
What could cause these symptoms:
pale stool, yellow skin, flank pain, acid in mouth, and more urination than usual?
Jaundice?: Pale stool, yellow skin, & dark-colored urination suggests biliary obstruction--due perhaps to a gallstone in bile duct &/or from pancreatic inflammation. Consider significant liver disease (viral, familial, medication or alcohol-related, budd-chiari etc). Regardless of cause, please don't wait longer to get now a formal physical exam, appropriate lab studies, & if necessary medication or surgery. ...Read more
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