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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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What can cause yellowish stool?

What can cause yellowish stool?

Blocked bile duct: If bile isn't emptying from your liver, the stool can lose its familiar brown color. This could also mean pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, cystic fibrosis, or celiac disease. If it's persistent, it merits a thorough checkup. ...Read more

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What can cause "tarry" stool?

What can cause "tarry" stool?

Concerning: Assuming you are not taking any meds with bismuth, tarry stool is often an indicator of bleeding from the intestinal tract and should be thoroughly and promptly evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Do not delay! ...Read more

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What can cause bulky stool?

What can cause bulky stool?

Constipation: If stool is overly dry - the texture may become hard & rough. If there is significant fiber intake without adequate hydration - that can also be an issue. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Eat high fiber foods and drink water. Exercise regularly. Try to get in 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables per day. ...Read more

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What can cause dark stool?

What can cause dark stool?

Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

Usually not: Hemorrhoids are distended/swollen veins of the rectal area. They typically are a result of constipation or sitting or straining too long or much. Sometimes the medication people use to hep the swelling loosens up fecal material (glycerin) but the hemorrhoids themselves are not a cause of loose stools. ...Read more

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What can cause my spontaneous loose bowels?

What can cause my spontaneous loose bowels?

Many causes: There are many causes from irritable bowel to fat absorption problems. Your primary care physician should get from you a detailed history of the symptoms and might order some lab work. It should be investigated. ...Read more

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What can cause burning stool?

What can cause burning stool?

Burning stool: Could be colitis , see u pcp for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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Could nervousness cause loose stool?

Yes but it should ge: The brain and intestine share the same "nervous system" and yes, it is possible. But other common dietary intolerances may also do this. ...Read more

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What can cause bloating with constipation/thin stools?

What can cause bloating with constipation/thin stools?

IBS or more?: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, & among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gasiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, etc. ...Read more

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Does bowel cancer can cause loose stools?

Does bowel cancer can cause loose stools?

It varies.: Bowel cancer symptoms depend on the location and size of the tumor. If it obstructs, the symptoms include stomach cramps and vomiting. If it bleeds, bloody stools, or black stools. Partial obstruction can cause diarrhea and/or consitpation. Some tumors have no symptoms. If concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

Not sure I can: help you but clostridium difficile colitis as well as bacterial dystentery have been known to cause such smells. We need further information about your stool consistency and other factors in digestion. Please repost with more information or see a Healthcare provider on HealthTap or near you. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can adhesions be causing my chronic loose stools?

Anything is: Possible, but not likely in your case that diarrhea is caused by adhesions, if you have normal anatomy otherwise. Consult with a GI specialist for other possible causes of chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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Gas, stomachaches andblack stools? What can be the problem?

See a doctor ASAP: You may have bleeding in your digestive tract. Your symptoms are suspicious for bleeding in your stomach. You should see a doctor right away. This could be very serious. ...Read more

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What could cause loose bowel movements when not eating?

What could cause loose bowel movements when not eating?

Many causes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Can a hernia cause loose stool?

Not commonly: Unless the hernia is very large and contains portions of intestines at risk of incarceration, usually an average size small hernia would not cause a change in bowel function. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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