Yellow coloured Stool

Buttock Rectum | Gastroenterology | Yellow coloured Stool (Symptom)


A normally stool weighs between 100 and 300 grams, is brown, pasty consistency, cylindrical, with a frequency of one or two stools a day. The main activity of the gastrointestinal tract is to transform the food into nutrients, which can be absorbed by the body to produce energy - much needed in every day. The actual digestion of food occurs in the stomach and small intestine, where proteins, fats and carbohydrates are converted chemically into molecules that are absorbed through the lining of the small intestine and enters the circulation. Intestine plays an important role in reabsorption of excess water. Finally, undigested and waste materials are transformed into feces and are excreted.


Occasionally, white to yellow stool may mean that the person have consumed a high quantity of light-colour foods: rice, potatoes. And people who did X-ray treatment or investigations and barium can see that the stools are much lighter these days. Antacids, calcium, and some antidiarrheal medications can have the same effect. If these characteristics persist faeces (medical condition known as alcoholic stool) may indicate that the ball does not reach the intestine, indicating a tumour or blockage of a bile duct or calculation in the pancreas. ’Alcoholic stool’ may be one sign of liver disease involving the bile duct blockage, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Other possible signs of bile duct blockage are dark yellow urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes, pruritus (itching) and, occasionally, pain. A stool which is changed in colour or consistency as diarrhea which may also be of several types draws a warning of diseases and pathological phenomena in the existence of a healthy body. A yellow stool (or diarrhea) shiny floating draw attention to suffering pancreatic (enzymatic failure, pancreatitis or even cancer) for example. Typically, between 0-4 months, babies which are fed on breast, have an average of 2-4 golden-yellow,creamy,stools per day (ranging between 1 and 7 per day) while the babies which are artificially fed have 2-4 light-yellow stools.