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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Clay Colored Stool (Overview)

Stool is clay colored (gray stools) is a symptom in which there is not enough yellow, brown, or green color in the stool, meaning that there is not enough bile (from the liver and gall bladder) in the stool. Gray stools can be due to a blockage in the flow of bile into the intestine.


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Had bad diarrhea and vomitting lastin about 12 hours can that cause clay colored stools? I took some antacids to help! 2 days later i still feel week

Had bad diarrhea and vomitting lastin about 12 hours can that cause clay colored stools? I took some antacids to help! 2 days later i still feel week

Med eval.: Clay colored stool is usually associated with lack of bile salts in the stool. Have the whites of your eyes or your skin turned yellow? Possible causes include: gallstones, hepatitis, biliary cirrhosis, as well as issues occlusions of bile ducts or biliary tree. Please seek medical attention. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
24 doctors shared insights

Clay Colored Stool (Overview)

Stool is clay colored (gray stools) is a symptom in which there is not enough yellow, brown, or green color in the stool, meaning that there is not enough bile (from the liver and gall bladder) in the stool. Gray stools can be due to a blockage in the flow of bile into the intestine.


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Why would I have clay-colored stool mean?

Why would I have clay-colored stool mean?

Gray stool color: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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What is color of a clay-colored stool?

What is color of a clay-colored stool?

Light (clay) colored: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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If I have clay colored stool that lasts one day and then returns to a normal brown the next day, should I still get it checked out?

If I have clay colored stool that lasts one day and then returns to a normal brown the next day, should I still get it checked out?

Probably: Clay colored stools usually mean that there is a lot of fat or lack of bile in the stool. Your doctor can look at your medicines and check to make sure your liver and gall bladder are working properly. ...Read more

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I have yellowish to clay colored stool for the last two days completely dry and I am very worried. I have not been taking drug but do have a poor diet?

I have yellowish to clay colored stool for the last two days completely dry and I am very worried. I have not been taking drug but do have a poor diet?

See a doctor: I would recommend seeing a doctor. Make sure to let the doctor know what exactly you are eating so that they can help you :]. ...Read more

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What colour is clay colored stool?

Grey: I would think they are grey, although, there are different kind of clay such as white, blue, and black to name a few, but classic one would be grey. ...Read more

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What is color of a clay-colored stool?

Light (clay) colored: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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Why would I have clay-colored stool mean?

Gray stool color: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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If I was to have clay colored stools 1 time is that normal?

If I was to have clay colored stools 1 time is that normal?

Not to worry: If this occurred only one time there is nothing to worry about. Persistent clay colored stools if associated with jaundice would be of great concern. Relax. ...Read more

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If I have clay colored stool that lasts one day and then returns to a normal brown the next day, should I still get it checked out?

Probably: Clay colored stools usually mean that there is a lot of fat or lack of bile in the stool. Your doctor can look at your medicines and check to make sure your liver and gall bladder are working properly. ...Read more

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What could cause headaches and clay-colored stools?

Clay-colored stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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What might cause bellyaches and clay-colored stools?

What might cause bellyaches and clay-colored stools?

Bile obstruction?: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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What might cause stomachaches and clay-colored stools?

What might cause stomachaches and clay-colored stools?

1: Clay colored stool is classically described in patients with jaundice secondary to obstruction of bile duct. It can happen with pancreatic cancer, bile duct tumors, stones and strictures etc. All these can cause abdominal pain( commonly known as stomach pain). ...Read more

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Having clay colored stools for past week, gallbladder removed January 1995. Normal?

Having clay colored stools for past week, gallbladder removed January 1995. Normal?

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. ...Read more

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Light, clay colored stools? I have had no change to my diet, nor have started taking any new medication. Recently suffering from extreme exhaustion.

Light, clay colored stools? I have had no change to my diet, nor have started taking any new medication.  Recently suffering from extreme exhaustion.

Medical eval.: Clay colored stool is usually associated with lack of bile salts in the stool. Have the whites of your eyes or your skin turned yellow? Possible causes include: gallstones, hepatitis, biliary cirrhosis, as well as issues occlusions of bile ducts or biliary tree. Since you also have extreme exhaustion would encourage prompt medical eval. Take care. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 6 years ago, recently had light clay colored stool few times back to normal the next day, is this is a result of no gallbladder?

Gallbladder removed 6 years ago, recently had light clay colored stool few times back to normal the next day,  is this is a result of no gallbladder?

No: This is not a result of no gallbladder, but could represent a problem with the pancreas. More likely, it is the result of something you ate. Having said that, you may want to see your primary care provider for Aptekar clnete evaluation. May need to run some blood tests as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have yellowish to clay colored stool for the last two days completely dry and I am very worried. I have not been taking drug but do have a poor diet?

See a doctor: I would recommend seeing a doctor. Make sure to let the doctor know what exactly you are eating so that they can help you :]. ...Read more

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What does clay-colored stool mean to doctor?

What does clay-colored stool mean to doctor?

Acholic stool: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color 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

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My daughter is experiencing clay colored stool, and regurgitation of food or liquid.

My daughter is experiencing  clay colored stool, and regurgitation of food or liquid.

You did not say how: old your daughter is or how long this has been going on. The possibilities are many and best discussed with your daughter's Pediatrician. If you wish, you could schedule a live consult here on Health Tap to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Would not having clay-colored stool rule out a gallbladder issue, or can you still have gallbladder disease with normal colored stool?

Would not having clay-colored stool rule out a gallbladder issue, or can you still have gallbladder disease with normal colored stool?

Clay colored: stool suggest that bile duct is somehow blocked and do not let the bile go into the bowe. You can have gb disease with normal colored stool. ...Read more

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5 year old son had small amount of blood in stool a week ago twice and now no blood but clay colored stool? No other symptoms.

5 year old son had small amount of blood in stool a week ago twice and now no blood but clay colored stool? No other symptoms.

NO blood: No blood should be in the stool If the child is constipated then this may explain it. BUT. the child needs seen by the doctor and then problem reevaluated. If the child has ongoing clay colored stool this will need to be looked into. Take the child to the pediatrician
Best wishes. ...Read more

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About 7 years ago my surgeon found on hiatal hernia the size of a quarter. Now takin 2 prevavid daily.Why i experience clay colored stools w ab pain?

About 7 years ago my surgeon found on hiatal hernia the size of a quarter. Now takin 2 prevavid daily.Why i experience clay colored stools  w ab pain?

Pancreas: Sounds like it is not your hiatal hernia, rather a problem with your pancreas, possibly chronic pancreatits. See your primary doctor to get started, and you may need to see a GI specialist, or ultimately a surgeon if that's the case. Good luck. ...Read more

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