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Causes Of Clay Colored Stools
Depends on things...: Yellow is one of the normal stool colors, but usually in babies. For non-babies, stool color changes to more yellow if the stool is looser and is moving through the bowels in a shorter time, but that should be only temporary. Older children and adults don't have yellow stool as their normal stool, so a doctor can check to see if there is an infectious problem or gall bladder (bile) problem. ...Read more
Light-colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more
Several things: These are non specific symptoms that could be as serious as liver problems and as simple as a reaction to what you eat or bacterial imbalance of your intestines. I recommend seeing a gastroenterologist. In the mean time try eating yogurt twice a week to start. Also avoid alcohol until you see a physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Crampy yellow stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Yellow stool typically represents bile as seen with rapid GI transit (altered due to many causes). Cramps with your symptoms at 67 years old deserve evaluation please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Changed stool color: Color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Best case scenario for your specific changes: mucus discharge; worst case: partial biliary obstruction.Unless you correlate color change to a food, get checked. ...Read more
Pale stools: Pale stools can come from different sources. Usually it is due to poor fat absorption, indicationg a problem with the liver or gall bladder. Sometimes in liver failure, bilirubin builds up in the system, and can cause yellowing of the stools. An evaluation of the liver is usually warranted. ...Read more
Jaundiced?: Jaundice with acholic (light colored stool) can be very serious stuff. Either there has been an acute liver insult (like hepatitis), or early liver failure is progressing. Cholestasis associated with jaundice may mean a blocked bile duct, altered blood flow to &/or away from the liver, or worsening liver disease. In all cases, you need medical attention soon & please avoid drinking any alcohol. ...Read more
Are two different colored stools (yellowish and dark brown) normal?If bleeding is suspected, can there be partial melena and partial normal stool?
Sure...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet &stool additives. ...Read more
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