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What does yellow bowel movement mean?

What does yellow bowel movement mean?

Maybe bile, fat: Pale, yellow, foul smelling. Bulky, sticky stools can be seen with fat malabsorption , as may be seen with pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac sprue, crohn's disease, olestra use, Alli use (with excess fat intake). Of course, yellow stool could just be that you ate a lot of carrots and squash. If it continues, if you have cramps, weight loss, nausea, pain, etc. See your doc. ...Read more

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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What does it mean when my bowel movements are albino color?

What does it mean when my bowel movements are albino color?

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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What does having a black bowl movement mean?

What does having a black bowl movement mean?

Internal bleeding: A black bowel movement, particularly if it is soft and very foul-smelling, often is it indication of internal bleeding and is an emergency. If you are having a stool that fits that description, go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately. Having said that, certain medications, such as Pepto-Bismol, can make the stool dark also. Some foods can also make the stool darker. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have bright yellow bowel movements. What does this indicate?

I have bright yellow bowel movements. What does this indicate?

The shape, color,: Aroma, floating non-floating are not diagnostic, commonly associated with what you eat, but can be clues about inflammatory bowel, pancreas, and even cancerous conditions. Can't solve on healthtap, but an urgent care or pcp will work up your complaint and see if it is worth a medical gastroenteroloist referral. ...Read more

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What does a white bowel movement mean?

What does a white bowel movement mean?

Light Stool: Have pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

Black stool: Black pigment in bowel movements can be due to iron preparations(in some vitamins), blood leaking from the upper gastrointestinal tract, peptobismol,rarely intake of some substance like licorice. If it persists your Physician can test a stool sample in the office to check for upper gi blood loss. ...Read more

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What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

Coffee ground: Coffee ground stools are generally a sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed. Best to see a doctor if this happens. ...Read more

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What does dizziness before bowel movement mean?

What does dizziness before bowel movement mean?

Blood Flow diversion: Depends on exactly when before bowel movement. If it is just prior when you are bearing down to evacuate the rectal vault, then the valsalva maneuver cause redirection of blood flow from the brain to the viscera causing dizziness and in certain circumstances loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What does black/really dark stool indicate?

What does black/really dark stool indicate?

Black stool: Black stools can be due to medications that contain either iron or bismuth, eating certain foods (like black licorice), Gastrointestinal bleeding or ingestion of charcoal. ...Read more

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When your bowel movement is green color what does this mean?

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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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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What does "tarry stool" mean?

What does "tarry stool" mean?

Black like tar: Or melena, usually indicates there may be a bleeding site from your upper GI tract that the blood on exposure to stomach acid turns tarry black. This needs prompt attention to diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my anus is bleeding during bowel movement?

What does it mean if my anus is bleeding during bowel movement?

Hemorrhoids&others: Bleeding from the rectum during bowel movement can be from hemorrhoids as this the most common cause of bleeding from anus. The other causes are anal fissure rectal and colonic polyps cancer of colon or rectum diverticuar condition if you have fresh blood in stool you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have abdominal pain and black, grainy stools?

What does it mean to have abdominal pain and black, grainy stools?

Melena?: Black, mushy (tarry), malodorous stools combined with abdominal pain could be related to gastrointestinal bleeding. This would warrant prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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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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What does pale yellow bowels mean?

What does pale yellow bowels mean?

Diet? : Pale stools, especially gray in color, can often be a sign of liver disease. The yellow color suggests the presence of bile which would mean your liver is functioning normally. I suspect the lighter color of your stool is more related to diet. Certainly if you have diarrhea this is a different story and you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does black runny stools mean?

What does black runny stools mean?

It might be related: To GI bleeding. Black, sticky, loose with a bad odor - should be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your bowels are a slimy green color?

What does it mean when your bowels are a slimy green color?

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. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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