What can cause yellow stool?

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Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yellow stool is normal in breast-fed infants. For older children and adults it may be associated with excess fat in the stool which is a sign of malabsorption disorder and is quite serious. In general, browns are the "natural" stool color. Occasional inconsistently shouldn't be of concern, but persistent or radical changes in stool color should be reported to your doctor.

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Yellow stool can be the result of gallbladder dysfunction which causes improper handling of bile. Infection with giardia lamblia produces a characteristic yellow diarrhea. In addition to causing diarrhea, different types of infection in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, whether viral, bacterial or parasitic, may cause changes in stool color.

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