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Stools - pale or clay colored
Alternative namesAcholic stools
DefinitionStools that are pale, or clay or putty-colored may result from problems in the biliary system (the drainage system of the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas).
Jaundiced (yellow) skin often accompanies clay-colored stools.
Common CausesPossible causes for clay-colored stool result from problems in the biliary system, and may include:
The underlying cause should be investigated.
Home CareFollow prescribed therapy.
Call your health care provider if
If clay-colored or pale stools, dark (bloody-looking) urine, or jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyeballs) appears, contact your health care provider.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting pale or clay-colored stools in detail may include:
Your doctor may perform:
If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider related to pale or clay-colored stools, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.
Update Date: 1/26/2004Sreeni Jonnalagadda, M.D., Interventional and Pancreatobiliary Endoscopy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT