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I keep having occasional pale stool: did abdominal ultrasound, did several blood test (for liver, pancreas and more) all normal. Could it be gerd?

I keep having occasional pale stool: did abdominal ultrasound, did several blood test (for liver, pancreas and more) all normal. Could it be gerd?

Not likely: Gerd (gastro esopageal reflux disease), has to do with reflux of acid into the esophagus. This has heartburn, regurgitation, nausea, dysphagia, and bleeding, among other things. But not pale stool. Problems with the pancreas might do this. Pancreatic cancer can have clay-colored stools. Unless this presents with other signs and symptoms, it would be hard to say what it is without more tests. ...Read more

Light Colored Stool (Definition)

Light colored stool is a clinical finding in which the feces are not as dark as normal, often a result ...Read more


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What is the reason for occasional pale stools?

What is the reason for occasional pale stools?

Let me help you: Stool comes in a range of colors. All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition.
A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction.
Certain medications, such as large doses of (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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What causes steatorrhoea, highish blood amylase & occasionally lipase, loose pale stools? Normal abdominal ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy.

What causes steatorrhoea, highish blood amylase & occasionally lipase, loose pale stools? Normal abdominal ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy.

Not absorbing fat: Fat in stool can cause bulky foul smelling stool that floats, oily or greasy appearance. Fat in stool is not absorbed by digestive tract. Temporary steatorrhea may result from dietary changes or intestinal infections. Steatorrhea that is persistent may result from block of the biliary tract, pancreatitis or intestinal malabsorption. Need pancreatic lipase to break down ingested fat. ...Read more

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What can cause pale stool?

What can cause pale stool?

Pale stool: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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Help please? What is causing my pale stool?

Help please? What is causing my pale stool?

Don't know. Are you: Ill? Light colored (like clay) stool might be seen w liver problems like hepatitis, liver cancer or cirrhosis. There
could be gallstones, biliary duct obstruction, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or mononucleosis. White stools can be seen w malabsorption of fat. White mucus might occur w IBS. Might have light color if you had a recent barium enema or from antacids (aluminum hydroxide). Are you > ...Read more

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Can zantac (ranitidine) cause pale stool?

Can zantac (ranitidine) cause pale stool?

Ranitidine: ranitidine is not reported to cause pale stools. I would not worry about it unless you are noticing other symptoms along with it. If you develop yellowing of the skin or eyes, you should report it to your physician, although this is a very rare side effect. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause pale stool (almost skin colored)?

What can cause pale stool (almost skin colored)?

Pale stool: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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Besides liver problems, what could be the cause of pale stool? (almost constant)

Billiary disease: A large dose of diarrhea medications containing bismuth subslicylate, such as kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) or pepto-bismol, may cause stools to temporarily turn white. Stool may also turn white after swallowing barium sulfate before receiving a barium enema test. Anything that prevents the bile to reach the intestines may cause it (narrowing, stricture, tumor, or billiary cirrhosis. ...Read more

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I'm taking pariet rabeprazol. I often have a pale stool while taking this medicine. Is it serous problem?

I'm taking pariet rabeprazol. I often have a pale stool while taking this medicine. Is it serous problem?

No it is not a Probe: This is a safe medicine that should not affect the color of you stool. Stop looking at it as you do not have anything serious unless your doctor who prescribed you this medicine tells you so. ...Read more

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I have had very light brown (but completely brown) stools lately. Would a 'pale stool' actually be white/ grey?

I have had very light brown (but completely brown) stools lately. Would a 'pale stool' actually be white/ grey?

Stools now "pale"?: 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

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Pale stool normal after gallbladder removal?

Concern: You should be concerned that you could have blockage of the biliary ducts. Changes in stool after ccy is not uncommon but further evaluation reasonable. ...Read more

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Been having pale stool. When to call doctor?

Been having pale stool. When to call doctor?

Now: Hello. Prompt medical evaluation is warranted for extremely light stool. There are a number of possible causes such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Any significant change in bowel habitus warrants assessment. ...Read more

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Ent and now have white pale stool this is colour indicate for what?

Ent and now have white pale stool this is colour indicate for what?

Any other symptoms?: White pale stool may reflect a significant biliary obstruction or profound liver disease (often with accompanying jaundice). Or the white may be just a coating of mucus (a colon lubricant) which when present in large volume may signal problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), partial obstruction, infection, and even sloughed colon lining due to a variety of diseases. Get checked. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why in hepatitis, pale stool and dark urine occurs?

I'm curious as to why in hepatitis, pale stool and dark urine occurs?

Hepatitis: During hepatitis, jaundice occurs which is due to increased bilirubin in the blood. A by-product of bilirubin is urobilinogen which is excreted in the urine causing the dark color. ...Read more

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Three-year-old had very light pale stool this a.m. Gave him a softener to see if it clear up. 2 stools later each darker. Should I worry about liver?

Three-year-old had very light pale stool this a.m. Gave him a softener to see if it clear up. 2 stools later each darker. Should I worry about liver?

Stool color & liver: One pale stool is not indicative of any serious liver disease, unless it recurs and is accompanied by other symptoms such as loss of appetite, jaundice (yellow discoloration of eyes and skin), nausia/vomiting and abdominal pain. Frequently stool colors change with varying diet contect ...Read more

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Does one time pale stool require ER visit or can I wait to see pcp if it occurs again? No other symptoms, no meds.

Does one time pale stool require ER visit or can I wait to see pcp if it occurs again? No other symptoms, no meds.

Stool Changes: Hi, pale or acholic stools refer to white or tan colored stool vs brown. Stool receives its brown color from pigments in bile, a digestive secretion from the gallbladder. If you have recurrent acholic stool it could be an indicator of gallbladder dysfunction. If you are having pain/fever/nausea/abdominal or right sided back pain you should see a doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Bilirubin level was, 5 would that rule out causes of pale stool as lack of bilirubin not white stools just paler?

Bilirubin level was, 5 would that rule out causes of pale stool as lack of bilirubin not white stools just paler?

Needs investigation: Pale stools are the least of a person's problem with a bilirubin of 5. It is elevated and the person needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Have had pale stool in past now having gallbladder tests but ultrasound and blood tests were unremarkable. What now?

Have had pale stool in past now having gallbladder tests but ultrasound and blood tests were unremarkable. What now?

Depends: If your symptoms resolve and your diagnostic tests are all negative then you continue under observation as on outpatient. Call in to your doc if new or recurring symptoms develop. A negative evaluation is actually reassuring, however it is also understandable that you desire a label/diagnosis and feel kind of let down when there is none. Be well. ...Read more

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I've been having digestive issues lately. Now my tongue is yellow and I have a yellowish/pale stool. What could the issue be?

You need lab tests: Yellowing of the tongue can be a sign of jaundice, as can yellow/white stools. Your digestive issues could be a sign of gallstones, and if you have a gallstone that lodges in your bile duct it can lead to jaundice. Other signs of this can (but not necessarily) include yellowing of the whites of your eyes and dark urine. If you're having these you need to go to the er now. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had pale/light colored stool for 3 days, watery to very loose. No recent diet change; still active; no fever; no other symptoms?

My 3 year old has had pale/light colored stool for 3 days, watery to very loose. No recent diet change; still active; no fever; no other symptoms?

Toddler' diarrhea: This is most like a harmless process called toddler's diarrhea. There are frequently several watery stools per day with frequent bits of undigested food. If the pale color persists, or the condition worsens, you will want to have your child checked by a primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have pale stool, gas, bloating, and nausea, what to do?

I have pale stool, gas, bloating, and nausea, what to do?

Get med evaluation: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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