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White, light or pale stools: causes pale stools

  1. White stools (or white diarrhea) or light, beige, or pale stools are abnormal. Your stool should be light brown, copper brown, or dark brown. The color may vary a bit from day to day, depending on what you have eaten. If your poop is pale or clay-colored, it could indicate a problem with your bile ducts drainage. The bile ducts consist of the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. A problem with the drainage of your bile ducts can be accompanied by other complaints, such as jaundice. This is not a condition in itself, but a manifestation of various disorders of the liver or gallbladder. Jaundice means that you have yellow skin and is best seen in the whites of the eyes, and can be caused, among other things, by a malfunction in the liver's function. If you have (persistent) problems with white, light or pale stools, make an appointment with your doctor. He will examine you and possibly refer you to the hospital for follow-up examination by a specialist. [! 166502 => 1130 = 1!] What is white, light or pale stools?

  1. Normal bowel movements

When to call a doctor for white diarrhea or poo?

  1. Occasional light or pale stools are not immediately cause for concern. However, if it occurs frequently, it could indicate a serious underlying condition. It is wise to make an appointment with your doctor if you have pale or clay-colored stools or diarrhea

White or light stools due to liver problems

  1. Liver cirrhosis / Source: Alila Medical Media / Medicines Certain drugs, such as NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen and naproxen), birth control, antibiotics, and anabolic steroids (those are performance enhancers derived from the male sex hormone testosterone), can cause drug-induced hepatitis

Pale stools due to problems with the gallbladder or bile ducts

  1. Gallstones Gallstones in the Gallbladder

Light faeces due to pancreatic disease

  1. Pancreatic cancer The large bile duct runs partly through the pancreas. With a tumor in the pancreas (pancreatic cancer), the large bile duct can become blocked. As a result, bile builds up in the bile ducts, gallbladder and liver. Because the liver cannot get rid of the bile, you can suffer from all kinds of complaints, such as fatigue, jaundice and thin, light-colored or white stools


  1. Once the cause of white or pale stools has been identified, the doctor will determine the best treatment. When malabsorption occurs, dietary changes and vitamin supplements may be required. If the bile ducts are blocked, surgery may be required. When the problem is caused by a problem with the gallbladder, surgical removal of the gallbladder may be suggested by the doctor. Sometimes another treatment is possible, which does not require removal of the gallbladder. Sometimes gallstones can be removed by ERCP, where the doctor enters the duodenum through the mouth, esophagus, and stomach with a flexible tube. In some cases, the doctor prescribes medicine for gallstones. In some cases of clay-colored stools, lifestyle changes are

White pieces in the stool

  1. It may also be that you do not have white or light colored stools, but that white dots are visible in the stool. In that case there are usually worms. If there are white or pale yellow pieces in your turd that may or may not move, this could indicate pinworms or a tapeworm. In that case it is advisable to make an appointment with your doctor.

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