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pale stools why could this be?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pale stools: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc.

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A 67-year-old female asked:

What causes extremely pale stools?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Bile blockage: One possible cause is obstruction of the bile duct from gallstones, tumor or swelling. The normal color of the stools comes in large part from the bile so when it doesn't get into the intestine, light or "clay colored" stools result. If you are having abdominal pain or other symptoms associated with this, please see a doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What could cause pale stools?

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Dr. EMILIA MATOS
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Bile: Abcense of bile.
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A 68-year-old female asked:

What is the reason for occasional pale stools?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me help you: Stool comes in a range of colors. All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition. A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs.
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What does having pale stools indicate?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possible causes: Light / pale stool can have a variety of possible causes such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Any significant change in bowel habitus warrants assessment.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What can cause pale stool?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pale stool: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc.

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