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What causes brown diarrhoea and vomiting?

My son has diarrhea which is grey in colour, it s been going on and off 5 days, became brown diarrhea after two days back to grey now but he has just vomited heavily in his sleep, he is 5, has been behaving normaly otheriwise,no fever. Thanks Nathalie
Mon, 9 Feb 2015
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
Pale colored stool is seen when there is obstruction to secretion of pigments which impart usual color to stools.
Obstruction to secretion of pigment in large intestine and thus stools leads to pale colored stools.
Thus, there is possibility of obstructive jaundice in which is there is obstruction to the passage of bile pigments from liver and gall bladder to large intestine.
I suggest you to consult your primary healthcare provider for clinical assessment, ultrasound abdomen and liver function tests.
These investigations will help to determine the cause of pale colored stools.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja Puri
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What causes brown diarrhoea and vomiting?

Hello and welcome to HCM, Pale colored stool is seen when there is obstruction to secretion of pigments which impart usual color to stools. Obstruction to secretion of pigment in large intestine and thus stools leads to pale colored stools. Thus, there is possibility of obstructive jaundice in which is there is obstruction to the passage of bile pigments from liver and gall bladder to large intestine. I suggest you to consult your primary healthcare provider for clinical assessment, ultrasound abdomen and liver function tests. These investigations will help to determine the cause of pale colored stools. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja Puri