Ben Terrany, MD
Location and Office HoursShore Gastroenterology Associates
1907 SR 35
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
- Horizon HMO (BC/BS of NJ)
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Monmouth Medical Center
What can cause light-colored stool?
Robynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredLight-appearing clay-colored stools are characteristic of liver disease and decreased bile output, but can also be caused by antacids containing aluminum hydroxide. Vitamins and supplements commonly cause changes in urine color but may also change stool color.
What is the cause of Hirschsprung disease (HD)?
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates answered
Hirschsprung disease (HD) develops before a child is born. Normally, nerve cells grow in the baby's intestine soon after the baby begins to grow in the womb. These nerve cells grow down from the top of the intestine all the way to the anus. With HD, the nerve cells stop growing before they reach the end.
No one knows why the nerve cells stop growing. However, we do know that HD is not caused by anything the mother did while she was pregnant.
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Why is my stool brown?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Dr. Oz, Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, says "If you don't have any bile, your poop will turn white. What makes the poop brown is the bile. It's what allows your body to surround fats and absorb them healthily. It's like the soap of our intestines. It hatches to be green. So as it gets metabolized through the bowel, it turns brown."
What could be the cause of red poop? "If you've got red poop, a lot of times that's because you've had beets or red Jell-O," Dr. Oz says. "But red poop can also mean blood. It doesn't take a lot of blood to make it red but if you've got blood in your poop, you've got to get someone to look at you."Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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