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What Causes Yellow Discoloration Of The Stool?

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Posted on Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Question: I have had yellow stool for a couple months now. Should I be concerned?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Presence of yellow stool require detailed evaluation

Detailed Answer:
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Yellow colored stools is suggestive of several disorders including
-Liver disorders like hepatitis: Usually associated pain, fever, jaundice will be present. Hepatitis serology required to rule out hepatitis
-Gallstones- present with intermittent colicky right upper abdominal pain. USG abdomen to confirm/ rule out presence of gallstones
-Cholecystitis: inflamed gallbladder due to the presence of stones. Confirmed with ultrasound abdomen.
-Chronic pancreatitis: Inflammation of pancreas resulting in deficiency of pancreatic hormones. Usually associated with abdominal pain. Pancreatic enzyme analysis, CT abdomen required for evaluating pancreatitis.
-Malabsorption syndrome: include disorders like gluten sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Stool analysis and microscopy is indicated.
-Sometimes diet rich in carrots and food coloring agents can lead to yellow stools.

As you can see there is a spectrum of disorders that can cause yellow stools and several investigations needed for evaluation. It is difficult to give you a definite answer at this point. So, please be advised to follow up with your primary provider for necessary evaluation done.

Hope this answers your questions
Please let me know if you need further clarifications
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
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What Causes Yellow Discoloration Of The Stool?

Brief Answer: Presence of yellow stool require detailed evaluation Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HCM Yellow colored stools is suggestive of several disorders including -Liver disorders like hepatitis: Usually associated pain, fever, jaundice will be present. Hepatitis serology required to rule out hepatitis -Gallstones- present with intermittent colicky right upper abdominal pain. USG abdomen to confirm/ rule out presence of gallstones -Cholecystitis: inflamed gallbladder due to the presence of stones. Confirmed with ultrasound abdomen. -Chronic pancreatitis: Inflammation of pancreas resulting in deficiency of pancreatic hormones. Usually associated with abdominal pain. Pancreatic enzyme analysis, CT abdomen required for evaluating pancreatitis. -Malabsorption syndrome: include disorders like gluten sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Stool analysis and microscopy is indicated. -Sometimes diet rich in carrots and food coloring agents can lead to yellow stools. As you can see there is a spectrum of disorders that can cause yellow stools and several investigations needed for evaluation. It is difficult to give you a definite answer at this point. So, please be advised to follow up with your primary provider for necessary evaluation done. Hope this answers your questions Please let me know if you need further clarifications Regards Dr.Lekshmi