I realize that having a discussion about stool color is not very elevated but I'm posting here so that it might help others.
I have an ileostomy for about 5 weeks now. I've noticed that the output is often very yellow (think american mustard), suggesting a high concentration of bilirubin in my stools. Some darker food will make it more brown.
I don't eat curry that much. I really don't think that yellow pigments come from something I eat.
I don't seem to have jaundice, my eyes are not yellow so the bilirubin blood level seems to be ok (although I have never tested it). My concern is that I might have some sort of liver problem (bilirubin is produced in the liver). Recently been diagnosed and operated for a colorectal cancer, I fear that the cancer has spread to the liver and that yellow stools might be a symptom.
However, I know that bilirubin is usually transformed in the colon, which is now bypassed. So maybe what I see is "normal". I understand also that some people might have higher production of bilirubin without being a reason for concern.
Before bothering my doctor with it, anybody else seen something similar?