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:
Abdominal pain or cramping
Abdominal swelling or bloating
Change in bowel habits
Mucus or undigested food in feces
Rectal pain or burning sensation
- Unexpected weight loss
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
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
Weakness (loss of strength)
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.
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