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Old 02-14-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Exclamation Pale colored stool? Please help!

I am worried about my sister-in-law's little girl. She doesn't seem to be worried, but I am. She was at my house the other day and forgot to flush the toilet, and I went to flush it and her stool that was in there was almost white. It was a real pale tan color. Her mom says it is like that all the time, and I know this isn't normal. I had been looking it up, and have seen alot about liver problems, etc. Also she is only 4 years old. Could you please help? Maybe if someone else were to show some concern her mother would take her to the doctor which I have not been able to get her to do. I am very worried about her. What should I do? Could this really be something serious? I would appreciate any help.

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Old 02-14-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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Re: Pale colored stool? Please help!

This is the definition I found for "light coloured stools". This is not to say that the child has any of these conditions.
-Gray stools, pale stools, putty or clay colored stools may be seen in hepatitis, gallbladder disorders, or malabsorption conditions. Bile salts in the stool excreted by the liver give it a normal brown color. Obstruction to bile flow out of the liver (you may see the word "cholestasis"), or liver infections like viral hepatitis (A, B, C, etc.), may produce clay colored stools. Possible causes for clay colored stool result from problems in the biliary system (the drainage system of the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas): Malabsorption problems can cause undigested fat in the stool (steatorrhea) which is characterized by foul smelling, light yellow to gray, greasy or frothy stools. This may also be caused by low bile output.

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