If the feces assume a light color, that could be a symptom due to problems of the biliary system, involving the gall bladder, liver and pancreas. Normally, the feces must have a brown color, more or less dark depending on the consumed food. If a pale or clay-colored color persists, over time it may be necessary to determine the reason. The liver, in fact, can not produce enough bile or bile flow and may be blocked due to gallstones.


What kind of diseases can be associated with light-colored stools?

 The following diseases can be associated with stool color changes:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Calculations gallbladder (gallstones)
  • Biliary cirrhosis
  • Cysts (located in the bile ducts)
  • Sclerosing cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Yellow fever
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Jaundice
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Thalassemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cancers of the biliary system

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence..


What is the therapy for stool color changes?

There is no specific remedy for this problem. In fact, it is a sign that has direct consequences for the health of the patient and does not require a specific treatment, but indicates the need, if it is frequent, to undergo specialist medical care. The family doctor, gastroenterologist, hepatologist, a specialist of internal medicine, physicians are strongly referenced.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of stool color changes?

If the sign appears sporadically, it is not necessary to resort to care. If the problem is frequent, then it is best to seek medical advice.