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Having clay colored stools for past week, gallbladder removed january 1995. normal?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Malabsorption: Clay colored stools often signifies malabsorption of fats due to lack of bike secretion caused by biliary tract disease, pancreatic insufficiency or liver disorders. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to find the cause.
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Depends: Whether this is important or not depends mostly on how light-colored the stools are. If they are extremely light in color, that may be a sign of obstruction of the biliary tree, which is an emergency. If they are still light colored by the time you get this message, you should see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately for blood tests. Good luck.

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