Concerned About Green Bile Output - Is It Normal?

Jan 04, 2023 11:35 pm


Can anyone tell me about the green bile output?

I notice a grass-green to emerald green color maybe every other day. Is this normal?


Jan 04, 2023 11:42 pm

Not normal for me. Eat anything different?

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Jan 04, 2023 11:52 pm

No, I have my gallbladder. The surgeon did say it's a bit inflamed but no pain. I do notice a lot of greenish output every 2-3 days. I have wondered but neglected to ask.

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Jan 05, 2023 12:32 am

I've had my ileostomy for the past 2 years and at times it's green or greenish brown. I was told it was the way food breaks down (more bile) in the output than food. However, I don't have my gallbladder anymore and didn't have it when I got my ostomy. If this is something new for you, I'd keep an eye out with your gallbladder if it's inflamed.

Jan 05, 2023 12:59 am

Grape Kool-Aid will turn your output green, just an FYI.

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Jan 05, 2023 8:05 am

Hello, Ginger.

For me, it's bile. I usually see this when I haven't eaten much and am empty, often in the morning.

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Jan 05, 2023 8:31 pm

Hi Ginger, yes, it's probably bile. If food moves through your system too quickly, sometimes the liver doesn't have time to break down the bile in your stool, and it comes out green. Nothing to worry about.


Sep 06, 2023 6:03 pm

I have had green output before but not every other day. I tend to not worry too much about it, I just think at least my body is getting rid of it. Sometimes I even think it is funny. I have had all sorts of colors of output. I drank a blue Powerade and had blue output. I have had swirls of different shades of green and different shades of brown. If you are in pain when this happens I say ask your doctor, but if you are feeling okay, just chalk it up to your stoma doing its job.