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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Gray Stool (Overview)

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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What causes gray stool?

What causes gray stool?

Biliary problems: Stool can be gray or clay-colored if it contains little or no bile. The pale color may signify a condition (biliary obstruction) where the flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed, such as, obstruction of the bile duct from a tumor or gallstone in the duct or nearby pancreas. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
9 doctors shared insights

Gray Stool (Overview)

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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What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

Let me explain: Light-colored, white or clay-colored, this may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...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
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What causes gray stool?

Biliary problems: Stool can be gray or clay-colored if it contains little or no bile. The pale color may signify a condition (biliary obstruction) where the flow of bile to the intestine is obstructed, such as, obstruction of the bile duct from a tumor or gallstone in the duct or nearby pancreas. ...Read more

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Why am I having gray stool all of a sudden?

Why am I having gray stool all of a sudden?

Biliary obstruction : Can cause grey colored stool. So see your doctor. ...Read more

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Would iron cause dark gray stool?

Would iron  cause dark gray stool?

Silver vs. melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool.whats wrong?ty

My 3y/o daughter have been passing watery yellow stool or a firm but soft beige color like stool. But today she had a loose gray stool.whats wrong?ty

Many causes: There are many causes and the only way to come to a diagnosis would be to have her examined and also have microscopic examination of her stools. In addition to bacteria and viruses we also need to look for Giardia and amoebas. This can also happen due to allergy and milk intolerance. So make an appointment and have her seen. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black. It has been gray for about a week.

What does it mean when you have a gray stool? I take 325mg daily of ferrous sulfate (iron) so the stool is usually black.  It has been gray for about a week.

Good : Good news! the only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). And in your case since you take iron, black stool would be expected and not worrisome. Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, gray, even blue (blue kool-aid or blueberries) or purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If you have a persistent change in your stool habits, you should contact your physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a short period of strange stools that are not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more

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2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

2 year old on miralax (polyethylene glycol) with ash gray stool?

Pancreas? See Dr.: Sounds like an issue with pancreas. Need to be seen by pediatrician for evaluation and possible referral to gastroenterology. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

Let me explain: Light-colored, white or clay-colored, this may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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What does dark green or gray stools means?

What does dark green or gray stools means?

Dark stool: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been taking famotidine for about 2 weeks and am having white/ very light gray stools. Should I be concerned, or is this a side effect of pill?

Hi, I've been taking famotidine for about 2 weeks and am having white/ very light gray stools. Should I be concerned, or is this a side effect of pill?

Nothing of concern: Famotidine is a safe drug with little or no side effects. You should not get too concerned about the color of your stools. ...Read more

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My 1-year-old daughter has had 2-3 whitish/gray stools in the last 2-3 days. No jaundice, eating normally, normal energy, no apparent distress. ER?

My 1-year-old daughter has had 2-3 whitish/gray stools in the last 2-3 days. No jaundice, eating normally, normal energy, no apparent distress. ER?

Stool color : Stool color can mean a lot if it is persistent. Stool color changes are most often due to diet changes or eating "other" stuff. If your daughter is otherwise healthy I believe you can wait this one out. If you have suspicion of ingesting something inappropriate then the ER. If she has a liver infection as you seem to be thinking the stool will stay pale for longer. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver disease, and gray colored stools, and when I press on my liver barely it hurts soooooo bad, what could be causing the pain?

I have fatty liver disease, and gray colored stools, and when I press on my liver barely it hurts soooooo bad, what could be causing the pain?

See a provider: If you have liver cirrhosis or fatty liver, you are high risk for an infection in your abdomen, a GI bleed, and certain types of cancer. See a healthcare provider as soon as possible as you may need further testing or even admission into the hospital. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has gray colored stool he also has dark yellow urine be a problem with his liver I have not changed his diet i'm strictly breastfeeding?

My 3 month old has gray colored stool he also has dark yellow urine be a problem with his liver I have not changed his diet i'm strictly breastfeeding?

Doubtful: Transient stool color change is very common and is hardly a serious problem. Dark yellow urine is a concentrated one. True liver disease results in chalk colored stool with dark tea color urine. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had 2 dark gray clay like stools today. Should I be concerned? I feel as if I should just take him to the ER.

My 3 year old has had 2 dark gray clay like stools today. Should I be concerned?  I feel as if I should just take him to the ER.

Gray colored stools: The gray colored stools may be due excessive amounts of milk. It doen't necessitate a visit to the ER unless he is in pain ...Read more

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I have been experiencing black/dark gray spots in my stool. I had a stool test done last year, but it came out negative. What could this mean? I am 16

I have been experiencing black/dark gray spots in my stool. I had a stool test done last year, but it came out negative. What could this mean? I am 16

Need water: Try drinking more water. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Stool is gray. No other symptoms. No pain. Skin and eyes are a good color.

Stool is gray. No other symptoms. No pain. Skin and eyes are a good color.

Family practice : This may be temporary. If there is no pain swelling nausea or fever it probably would be safe to see if color returns. Gallbladder may be affected. Let your dr know what is going on. ...Read more

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