Medical Specialty >> Gastroenterology

Doctors Lounge - Gastroenterology Answers

Back to Gastroenterology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/15/2017.

Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

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.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us