Although the color of stool can be influenced by different foods and drugs, it is usually brownish due to digestive bile salts, digestive agent made by the liver and stored in the gall bladder.
Decrease or absence of bile salts can cause the stools to yellow or pale. the production of bile salts can be reduced due to severe liver disease such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. Part of bile salts into the intestine can be prevented by the blockage of the bile duct due to inflammation, gallstones, or external compression. , Especially in the upper right abdomen, fever, nausea, itching, and yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes can also occur with this condition.
The pancreas also produces substances important for digestion, including the enzyme lipase, which breaks down fat. Excess fat in the stool can cause a yellowish, large stool that floats, has the appearance of oily or greasy, and foul odors. Inflammation of the pancreas can reduce the production of lipase. The absence of lipase rare, but can result from pancreatic cancer, severe pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, or the production of abnormal lipase which is present at birth (congenital).
Conditions that affect the intestines, especially that interferes with the absorption of fat, also can cause yellow stools. For example ,, a parasite that can be found in waste products and contaminated water can cause yellow diarrhea, fever, and.
yellow stool is not normal, and may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for severe abdominal pain, stool with blood or pus, (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), significant vomiting, seizures, altered mental status or sudden behavior change. Symptoms of dehydration, such as decreased urination, increased fatigue, and dizziness also require immediate medical care.
If you keep going on yellow stool for more than one or two days, or cause you concern, seek medical treatment immediately.
yellow stool may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.
yellow stool can accompany other gastrointestinal symptoms include:
yellow stool may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:
In some cases, yellow stool may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency situation. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have symptoms of life-threatening include:
Altered level of consciousness or alertness, such as fainting or unresponsiveness
Changes in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as delirium, lethargy, and delusional
high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
Did not produce any urine, or a baby who does not produce the usual number of wet diapers
Pus in the stool
breathing or respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
severe abdominal pain
, Rectal bleeding, or bloody stools
Feces are usually brown because of digestive bile salts, which are made by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When the amount of bile salts significantly reduced or they are not present, the stool can be pale yellow or gray. can interfere with the production of bile salts, and whatever is blocking the bile duct to prevent bile salts from reaching the intestine.
Fat also can cause the stools to yellow. Excess fat in the stool can occur due to a decrease in fat digestion, which can occur with conditions involving the pancreas or decreased absorption in the intestine, which can occur with some intestinal conditions.
yellow stool may be caused by conditions that reduce the amount of bile salts reach the intestine include:
Biliary atresia (birth condition involves abnormal development of the bile ducts)
Biliary cirrhosis (inflammation of the bile ducts in the liver)
Biliary stricture (narrowing of the bile duct)
(Scarring of the liver due to chronic damage) cirrhosis
Cancer or tumor liver, bile ducts, gall bladder, or pancreatic
Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation)
Sclerosing cholangitis (bile duct inflammation and scarring)
yellow stool can be caused by conditions that reduce cockroach pancrease production or block the transport to the gut include:
Congenital pancreatic lipase deficiency (abnormal pancreatic lipase production is present at birth)
cystic fibrosis (a genetic disorder that irritates lungs and pancreas function)
(Inflammation of the pancreas)
yellow stool can also be caused by conditions that interfere with the ability of the intestine to absorb fat:
Celiac disease (severe sensitivity of gluten from wheat and other grains that causes intestinal damage)
parasitic infections such as Giardia infection
In some cases, yellow stool may be a symptom of a serious or life threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency situation. These include:
Acute (liver infection or inflammation)
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
To diagnose your condition, your doctor or a licensed doctor will ask you several questions related to your yellow stool include:
Because the yellow stool can be caused by serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:
(The number of low red blood cells)
Dehydration and for long-term diarrhea
Failure to thrive in infants and children
growth problems in children
malnutrition because, diarrhea, or a decrease in the desire to eat
The spread of cancer
The spread of infection
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