What other symptoms might occur with green stool?

Green stool may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that may accompany green stool include:

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, green stool associated with severe diarrhea or other symptoms can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Dizziness

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Major rectal bleeding

  • Not producing any urine, or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers

  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or rapid breathing (tachypnea)

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking

  • Rigid, board-like abdomen

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Severe diarrhea

  • Weakness (loss of strength)

INTRODUCTION

What is green stool?

Green stool is a condition in which the feces have a green coloring or tint. Green stool may be normal in some cases, such as in breast-fed infants. Green stool can also be caused by taking iron supplements or eating certain foods such as green leafy vegetables. Green stool can also indicate a problem with food digestion due to a disease, disorder or other abnormal process.

CAUSES

What causes green stool?

Green stool can occur due to a normal or benign condition and not be a cause for concern. For example, you may produce green stool after consuming certain iron-rich foods or iron supplements, leafy green vegetables, or products with green food coloring

Additionally, a newborn baby will normally pass thick, sticky and dark green stools (called meconium) for the first few days after... Read more about green stoolcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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