Aggie Lala. stools. August 11th , 2017.
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Intestinal problems can also interfere with normal stool color and cause green bowel movement. Pregnant women diagnosed with intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome also pass green stools. In most cases of Crohn's disease, it is observed that the tissues that form the small intestine become inflamed. So, when the food passes through the intestine, bleeding may occur from the inflamed tissues. The mixing of blood and bile along with the intestinal content may lead to formation of greenish black stools.
It is quite common in newborns and infants. Dark green stools are generally passed by newborn babies. These dark green stools are called meconium which consist of all the matter the fetus consumed in the womb like intestinal epithelial cells, mucus, amniotic fluid, lanugo, bile and water. This meconium is sterile and has no odor. Newborns pass meconium for a few days and then gradually pass yellow-green stools due to digestion of breast milk.
Many may wonder that dark green stool may be associated with more severe conditions than the ones in case of passing light green stool. Well, this isn't the case. As mentioned, occasional episodes of green stool does not raise any concerns. But what may, is when the condition starts getting frequent. If the underlying cause has been diagnosed to be ingested food items or prescription medications, then things are not so serious. On the other hand, if the condition is related to the diseases such as the ones mentioned above, then things might get ugly thus, medical intervention is a must.
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