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What might cause bellyaches and clay-colored stools?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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