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What Causes White Stool
Liver Problems: The color of stool can help guide your doctor to determine the cause of the problem. White stool is often a result of a liver disease such as viral hepatitis which causes the bilirubin in your blood level to rise. As a result there can be less of it in the stool and the stool then becomes "discolored" or white, gray, or pale. Note that eating all white foods can cause this as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hmm: Pale or light colored stool can be related to lack of bile salts. I do not know what the cause is of bits of white material in the stool (if that is how it appears)l. If stool is predominantly white or light than possible causes include hepatitis, cirrhosis, or obstruction of a bile duct (i.e., gallstone or a mass). Any significant change in bowel habitus warrants assessment. ...Read more
Urine: Usually precipitates of salts with the changes in acidity from the bladder to the toilet. If these "flakes" are in the urine without being seen in the toilet, then you should take a specimen to your doctor and have them look at it. Without seeing this it is very difficult to tell what it might be. ...Read more
Many things: Many things can contribute to a white coating on the tongue. We frequently see this with nasal conditions that cause one to breath through the mouth. Other common causes include thrush and geographic tongue. Consider using a tongue scraper to remove the coating. You should see you doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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