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yellow bowel movements

Sorry about being so blunt but I am a little concerned I noticed that periodically I have yellow bowel movements and should I be concerned I have been in treatment know on 95 th week and one more to go!
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2062453 tn?1350336542
Hi Diesel: I had yellowish bowel movement while I was taking Incivek. I wasn't concerned about it. Regards, GB
446474 tn?1446351282
I believe you are only taking interferon & riba, correct? I am not sure how often periodically is but here is some info for you. If it is occurring more than once or twice I would suggest talking to your gastroenterologist. This is right up their alley, so to speak. Yes, I understand this could be embarrassing but you don't want to miss something that could be serious. Health becomes before pride. If your gastro is doing your hep C treatment maybe you could mention it on the side after talking about your treatment?

"Stool Color Overview

The color of stool normally is brown. The reason for the brown color is the presence of bile in the stool. Bile is made by the liver, concentrated and stored in the gallbladder, and secreted into the intestine to aid in the digestion of food. Depending on the amount of bile it contains, the normal stool color can range in color from light yellow to almost black.

Bile secreted from the gallbladder into the intestine is a very dark green liquid made up of many chemicals, one of which is bilirubin. When red blood cells are destroyed naturally in the body, the hemoglobin, a protein inside the red blood cells that carries oxygen, is modified in the liver. The by-product of this process is bilirubin, and the liver secretes the bilirubin into bile.

As the bile travels through the intestines, it can undergo further chemical changes, and its color can also change. For example, if the traveling time through the intestine is too rapid, then bile won't have the time to go through additional color changes and the stool color may be close to green.

The color of stool can change for other reasons as well. Many changes in stool color may not be of much importance, especially if the change happens once and is not consistent from one stool to the next. Sudden major changes in stool color that persist may suggest an underlying medical problem. Furthermore, gradual but persistent changes in stool color also can signify medical problems.

Some of the important colors of stool that can signify problems include:

red,
maroon,
black,
clay-colored,
pale, and
yellow.

Stool Color Changes Causes

Stool color can change for a variety of reasons. Some stool color changes may signify an underlying medical condition, and others may be due to ingestion of food or medications.

Yellow Stool

Stool that is yellow may suggest presence of undigested fat in the stool. This can happen as a result of diseases of pancreas that reduce delivery of digestive enzymes to the intestines, such as chronic pancreatitis (long standing inflammation and destruction of the pancreas usually due to alcohol abuse) or obstruction of the pancreatic duct that carries the enzymes to the intestines (most commonly due to pancreatic cancer). The digestive enzymes released from the pancreas and into the intestines are necessary to help digest fat and other components of food (proteins, carbohydrates) in the intestines so that they can be absorbed into the body. If the pancreas is not delivering enzymes into the intestines, then components of food, especially the fat, can remain undigested and unabsorbed. The stool containing the undigested fat may appear yellowish in color, greasy, and also smell foul."

I hope it is nothing serious.

Hector
446474 tn?1446351282
Oops...that info was from eMedicineHealth

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/stool_color_changes/article_em.htm

Ciao!

Hector
Avatar universal
Not to put too gross a point on it, but does it float?  If so, it's almost a dead giveaway you have undigested fat issues.

I suggest giving your doctor a call also.  My chronic pancreatitis started off with yellowing stools and eventually turned into chronic uncontrollable diarrhea (which was, to say the least, horribly embarrassing).  For a couple of years the doc treated it as possible IBS or a spastic colon with no improvement.  Finally, we did a 72 hour fecal collection test while under a strict diet protocol  (again, not my most favorite experience) and it turned out my "product" was full of undigested fat.  Several tests later, they ruled  out everything from bacterial overgrowth to cancer and put me on huge amounts of Creon (digestive enzymes), which has improved life significantly.

I'm lucky I haven't auto-digested my pancreas and I wish we had done this years ago.  I suspect I got a malfunctioning pancreas at birth since I've always been one of those skinny kids who never seem to gain an ounce no matter how much they ate, and matters didn't improve as I aged.

I'm the opposite from you though in that this situation caused a rather significant delay for me entering treatment, until we got it under control.  But I would definitely have it checked out--malnourished is a bad place to be in, not to mention the other complications with insulin and the like.

And, as my wife is fond of pointing out, the digestive enzyme pills are delightfully designed with orbs within orbs and are quite artistic.  At a grand a pop for a month's supply, I'm glad someone can appreciate them.  Thank God for decent insurance!
Avatar universal
I call it baby sh.. yellow. I  had a lot of that while taking incivek.
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