What causes pale stools? 25 possible conditions

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Pale or Clay-Colored Stools

Normal stools can vary in shades of brown, mostly due to diet. Pale or clay-colored stools are not normal. If your stools are pale or clay-colored, you may have a problem with the drainage of your biliary system, whic...

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Alcoholic Liver Disease

Damage to the liver from excessive drinking can lead to ALD. Years of alcohol abuse cause the liver to become inflamed and swollen. This damage can also cause scarring known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the final stage o...

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Hepatitis

Hepatitis is swelling and inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are, however, other causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis (a disease occurring whe...

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Biliary (Bile Duct) Obstruction

A biliary obstruction is a blockage of the bile ducts. The bile ducts carry bile from the liver and gallbladder through the pancreas to the small intestine (the duodenum). Bile is a dark-green or yellowish-brown flui...

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Acute Pancreatitis

Chances are, you don't know a lot about your pancreas. But when the pancreas becomes inflamed, you're going to feel the pain. Acute pancreatitis is an inflammation in the pancreas, an organ found behind the stomach an...

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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer occurs within the tissues of the pancreas, a vital organ that is located behind the stomach. The pancreas plays an essential role in digestion by producing enzymes that the body needs to digest fats...

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Gallstones

Many people can develop gallstones and never know it. Gallstones are hard deposits in your gallbladder, a small organ that stores bile, a digestive fluid made in the liver. Gallstones may consist of cholesterol, salt...

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Yellow Skin (Jaundice)

Jaundice is yellowing of the skin and eyes. This condition forms when there is too much bilirubin in your system. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is formed by the breakdown of dead red blood cells in the liver...

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Liver Cancer

Liver cancer causes destruction of liver cells and interferes with the ability of the liver to function normally. There are several types, but it is classified in general as being primary or secondary. Primary live...

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Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, often called "mono," is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It typically occurs in teenagers, but you can get it at any age. The virus is spread through saliva, which is why some peopl...

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Breast Milk Jaundice

Jaundice, characterized by yellow-tinged skin and eyes, is common in the first week of your newborn's life. Occasionally jaundice will persist or re-emerge up to the sixth week in healthy, breastfed infants. Breast mil...

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Drug-Induced Immune Hemolytic Anemia

Drug induced immune hemolytic anemia (DIIHA) is an extremely rare blood disorder. According to research published in the journal Hematology, the condition is estimated to occur in one in every 1 million people.

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Hepatitis E

The hepatitis E virus is transmitted via the intestinal tract and is not caused by the hep-A virus. It is spread most often by contaminated drinking water.

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Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is severe scarring of the liver and poor liver function seen at the end of chronic liver disease. The scarring is most often caused by long-term exposure to toxins such as alcohol or viral infections. Th...

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Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease of the red blood cells (RBCs). Normally RBCs are shaped like a disk. This gives them the flexibility to travel through even the smallest blood vessels. However, in people wit...

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Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessiv...

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that can lead to serious complications or even put your life at risk. It may cause severe problems in the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is an inherite...

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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by exposure to toxins, immune diseases, or infection. Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. Hepatitis A is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus...

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is liver inflammation caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is one of five types of hepatitis virus. The others are hepatitis A, C, D, and E. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stat...

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Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis affects the organ known as the pancreas, which is located below your stomach. The pancreas produces enzymes, which help to digest your food, and hormones such as insulin, which regulates the leve...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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