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Pale stool

Pale stool: Introduction

Pale stool: Unusual paleness of stool. See detailed information below for a list of 103 causes of Pale stool, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Pale stool:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Pale stool. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Pale stool

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Causes of Types of Pale stool:

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Pale stool: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Pale stool, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Pale stool Treatments

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Stories from Users for Pale stool

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Message Boards for Pale stool

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Diagnostic tests for Pale stool:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Pale stool. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect color of the skin and sclera of the eyes - e.g. the yellow discoloration of the sclera and the skin in jaundice results from elevated Bilirubin levels in the blood.
    • Abdominal examination for enlarged liver, enlarged spleen, ascites and palpable gallbladder which may be associated with various causes of cholestatic jaundice and may help in determining the cause - e.g. if there is little or no enlargement of the liver this would suggest Gilbert's disease or Dubin-Johnson syndrome; enlarged gallbladder may suggest obstructive jaundice, cancer of the pancreas, cancer of the bile ducts or cancer of the ampulla of Vater; significantly enlarged spleen may suggest infectious mononucleosis or cirrhosis of the liver; edema and ascites would suggest alcoholic cirrhosis.
    • Look for evidence of chronic liver disease such as reddening of the palms, easy bruising, muscle wasting, testicular atrophy and enlargement of the breasts in males
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count, ESR
    • Renal function tests and biochemistry
  • more tests...»

Pale stool: Animations

Pale stool: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Pale stool

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pale stool. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Pale stool: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Pale stool

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that aid more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are more »

Pale stool: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Pale stool

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Pale stool: Related Rare Diseases

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Pale stool: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Pale stool:

The list of organs typically affected by Pale stool may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Pale stool

The list below shows some of the causes of Pale stool mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Pale stool?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Pale stool. Of the 103 causes of Pale stool that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 7 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 90 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pale stool:

The following list of conditions have 'Pale stool' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Pale stool Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Pale stool based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Pale stool?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Pale stool, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Pale stool:

    Subtypes of Pale stool:

    Clay-colored stools (8 causes), White stool (93 causes), Yellow stool (87 causes), Stools, clay-colored (8 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Pale stool:

    Stool color (387 causes), White stool (93 causes), Yellow stool (87 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes)

    Symptoms related to Pale stool:

    Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Jaundice (789 causes), Itching (1068 causes), Yellow skin (397 causes), Yellow eyes (386 causes), Celiac disease, Cystic fibrosis

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Pale stool

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