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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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Clay Colored Stool (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What causes clay colored stools with abdominal discomfort and foul smelly gas?

What causes clay colored stools with abdominal discomfort and foul smelly gas?

Several things: These are non specific symptoms that could be as serious as liver problems and as simple as a reaction to what you eat or bacterial imbalance of your intestines. I recommend seeing a gastroenterologist. In the mean time try eating yogurt twice a week to start. Also avoid alcohol until you see a physician. ...Read more

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What colour is clay colored stool?

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?

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?

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 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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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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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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