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Are green stools a cause for concern?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: Lately I have been having green bowel movements, any reason to worry?
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
explain symtoms appropriately

Detailed Answer:
Hi, welcome to HCM,
can you please elaborate your symptoms, I am confused about "green bowel movements". Not able 2 comprehend. is it greenish tools with altered bowel movements...? will be able to help you better with more information.

will be awaiting your reply. wishing good health.
Dr. Naveen XXXXXXX
Medical Consultant.
Ebix, Inc.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Naveen Kumar
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar (24 hours later)
Most of my BM's have been greenish the last week or so. It is mostly the beginning, the last part is normal color.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
GREEN STOOLS MAY BE A NORMAL VARIANT

Detailed Answer:
The most common reason for green stool is a dietary habit or change, such as being on a high-kale diet.
Some foods contain food coloring that doesn’t get processed properly. This can also leave a colorful residue in your stool.
If stool passes through the intestine too quickly, there might not be enough time for bile to be digested and broken down to provide the normal brownish stool color. Bile that is chemically changed by bacteria in the intestine can be greenish-brown. It takes time for the bile to be fully changed in the intestine and become brown again, and if the transit time is short, the stool remains green colored.
Green stools may be a normal variant. It can also be caused by a diet rich in green vegetables, especially spinach. Iron supplements also may be a cause, though iron often turns stool black. As greenish stools are not associated with altered bowel movements, there is no need to worry.
I hope this helps you.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback.

Dr. Naveen XXXXXXX
Medical Consultant.
Ebix, Inc.
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Are green stools a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: explain symtoms appropriately Detailed Answer: Hi, welcome to HCM, can you please elaborate your symptoms, I am confused about "green bowel movements". Not able 2 comprehend. is it greenish tools with altered bowel movements...? will be able to help you better with more information. will be awaiting your reply. wishing good health. Dr. Naveen XXXXXXX Medical Consultant. Ebix, Inc.