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Question: Light Colored Stools


 angad singh - Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:31 pm

Age 24
Male
No Diagnoses No Sugeries
No Family Disease

I already had your suggestion before but my symptoms have now changed. I am having frequent loose and very light colored stools from almost a month. Arnd 2 times a day. I also feel a urge to have a bowel movement after i have my meals. I also lost some weight in past few days. I got my liver and haemoglobin , hepatites and diabetes test done. But they are normal. HB value was 18. One of my pharmacist friend told me to get a fecal stool test done as your body maybe unable to absorb fat so ur getting pale or light colored loose stools. Should i go to docter to further evaluate any doubt. If my liver is working fine why did i lose weight ? Please give your suggestions....
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:34 am

User avatar Hi Angad Singh,

Your friend may be correct. Malabsorption of fat or other nutrients can cause weight loss, loose stools and lighter colored stools.

I would recommend you see a GI specialist. You may need further stool testing or imaging to look into this further.

A blockage in the bile duct would also cause light colored stools although this would typically cause abnormal liver tests.

Best wishes.

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