A 62-year-old male asked:
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Do yellow stools always mean p/cancer? G/bladder liver had no masses. Amylase/lipase normal, bilirubin,alkaline phosphatase normal. Symptoms, gas/bloat yellow stool only. Wait for CT result. Scared!

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Dr. Neel Karne
17 years experience in General Surgery
No: Yellow stools can have to do with many other things. It is difficult to diagnose pancreatic cancer based on the color of stool. A CT scan will be very helpful. Other things would be lab tests such as CEA and CA 19-9. In addition, the CT scan should be a triple phase CT which will improve detection. Yellow stools can also be related to pancreatic insufficiency, not cancer.
Answered on Sep 7, 2014
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