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A 45-year-old member asked:

I sometimes get clay colored/pale stools (solid). no other symptoms. i did eat new food (lentils) this week. typically my stool is brown, but occasionally is lighter. i've had recent blood panels & all is normal. can new foods have this effect?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Depends on details: A primary care doctor can check to see why some stools are very light colored. He'll want to know the circumstances around the light colored stools, such as whether or not it is related to rapid transit of poop through the bowels, or related to certain foods. Keeping a diary of symptoms will help. If worried about the liver and gall bladder, the doctor may order an ultrasound scan and blood tests.
Last updated Nov 21, 2020

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