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My stools are sometimes green in color. This seems to happen every couple of month. I also was told a couple of years ago that I have thickening of the gall bladder. I am not sure if this is connected or I should be concerned.

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Hello and thankyou for approaching DoctorSpring with your query.
Green stools is nothing to worry and can happen as a result of your diet. If you have eaten something green like spinach, food coloring as in flavored drink mixes or ices pops. Certain medications like iron supplements are also known to cause green stools in some individuals.
Another cause of green stools can be due to the food moving too quickly through the large intestine as in diarrhea, or as a result of large amounts of unprocessed bile in the intestines. As a result of this the bile does not break down completely and gives the stools a green color.

I would suggest you notice your diet for any particular pattern, like your stools are green after a particular meal or are you on any medications.
This is unlikely to be due to thickening of the gall bladder.

But if you have signs of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss or fever you will have to get evaluated. You will require to get an abdominal ultrasound.
As of now you have nothing to worry.

I hope this has helped.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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