Sheriff Sarah

Sheriff Sarah

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Of Stool Color and Bile

Sarah and Patty are at clinic today. Monitoring stool color is one of the things that parents of liver transplant recipients are trained to do, way back even prior to transplant. The color can tell whether there may be something wrong with the flow of bile out of the liver. Since her last hospital visit, Sarah's "pooh" has been very pale, which is 'bad' according to the picture card we have that displays different colors. That's all very interesting to you, I am sure. Stool color. Anyway, she has also had very runny stool (yeah - more fun) and so we were a bit concerned, despite liver labs looking good. Essentially, the pale stool means Sarah is not retaining fat from what she eats.

Patty just notified me the transplant team is going to perform an ultrasound to make sure there is no bile obstruction. They did mention even on our last clinic visit that GI viruses have been going around so it could be something as simple as that.

We will keep you updated with the results later tonight.

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