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What causes light colored bowel movements?

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What causes light colored bowel movements? I had one a few months back and haven't had another. A majority of the things I find online say liver problems or a bile obstruction. I recently have been really nauseous for no reason and my eczema has spread from my arms to my stomach. I haven't changed my diet so I know its not a food I ate. Also my skin has not yellowed and my urine is not darker like a majority of liver disease patients. Anyways your answer will be greatly appreciated and if you need to know anymore information just ask. :)


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replied January 30th, 2012
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A30921
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Your stool color can vary greatly from day to day. All shades of brown are considered normal. Discolored stool rarely indicates a potentially serious intestinal condition.

Stool color is generally influenced by the food products ingested and as well as the amount of bile, secreted by the liver. Bile, a yellow-green fluid that is important for the absorbtion of fats from the intestines. As bile pigments travel through the intestines, they are chemically altered by bacterial enzymes, which change the pigments from green to brown.

Light colored , white or clay colored stools - occur when bile is not secreted into the digestive tract. Such issues can occur due to bile duct obstruction, Liver disorders resulting in less bile synthesis (eg hepatitis, cirrhosis).

But in your case, since you do not have any major signs and symptoms, associated with liver disease, your stool color might be due to ingestion of fatty foods in the diet or just a normal variant. Hence there may be no need to worry about it at all.

You may consult with your primary care physician, who can examine you and then advice you accordingly.



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