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Pale loose stools. No change in diet. Family history of gallbladder stones. Should I be worried?

Hi. I ve had pale colored stools on and off for two weeks. They are not white but are definitely paler than what s normal for me. They are sometimes loose, but sometimes they are well-formed and a normal color. I have no other symptoms and otherwise feel well. I ve not changed my diet recently. I have several relatives with gallstones, etc. Should I be concerned?
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
The colour of the stools depends on the diet you take.
In obstructive jaundice ,which is seen when gall bladder stones fall into common bile duct and cause obstruction,stools will be pale.
A simple test like Ultrasound abdomen will diagnose any gall bladder problem.
IF you come back with ultrasound report,i will clarify further.
Wish you good health.
Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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Gastroenterologist, Surgical Dr. Ketan Vagholkar's  Response
thanks for writing in HCM.
Since you are anxious and have a family history of gall stones I would suggest you to undergo two tests namely
1. Ultrasound of the abdomen to rule out gall stones.
2. Liver function tests to rule out any stones causing obstruction to the bile.
If these happen to be normal then you need not worry at all.
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