Causes of Pale stool
Although pale stool is a classic symptom of a variety of serious disorders of the biliary system organs, the possibility of a simpler cause should be considered.
Simple Causes: Changes to stool color can sometimes occur for simple reasons such as:
- Diet changes
- Food coloring
- Certain foods
Nevertheless, pale stool is a serious symptom with various dangerous causes. Unless there is clearly a simple cause, the more severe disorders should be considered.
Biliary Disorders: The main categories of the causes of pale stool or “clay-colored stool” include:
More specific disorders that may cause pale stool include:
- Liver cirrhosis
- Biliary cirrhosis
- Biliary atresia (congenital biliary atresia)
- Sclerosing cholangitis
- Cholelythiasis (gallstones)
- Bile duct stones (choledocholithiasis)
Biliary Cancers: Cancerous causes of pale stool include:
- Liver cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Other Causes: Other possible causes of pale stool include:
- Surgical side-effect (e.g. post-biliary surgery)
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