U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Bronx, NY
A 21-year-old male asked:

Was seen by two different doctors, they believe it is gastritis, i am 21 years old. recently had a loss of appetite, stool seems light colored (not the typical brown). a blood test was ran and they said my liver was doing fine, what can it be?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Basics: Stool color is derived from the ultra green bile added to gut debris in transit.Poop can vary from greens through yellows to brown depending on the time needed to move through the gut. You don't provide enough detail to either confirm or deny the label you were given by docs who had more data & an exam.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Gastroenterologist: I recommend consulting a gastroenterologist for evaluation and appropriate testing. Light colored or tan colored stools can be seen in irritable bowel syndrome, liver,pancreatic and gall bladder disorders as well as intestinal malabsorption. Describe details of bowel habits or any food intolerances.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Sep 10, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.