health conditions


Question by  Tracey (128)

What should I do about a bowel movement that is white?

What does this mean? Am I sick?


Answer by  Charlotte32 (214)

White bowel movements can be caused by barium enemas or certain antacids. However, they can also occur when your bile ducts are blocked, a condition that needs medical attention.


Answer by  docryan (84)

A white bowel movement means theres an obstruction in your bile flow. The bile is what gives us the normal color in bowel movements. This could be due to gallstones, pressure from outside and numerous other reasons. Best course of action would be to consult your primary care physician asap.


Answer by  Chaneygirl (1755)

If you had a barium enema or antacids, this could be a simple cause of it. If not, it could be the sign of something far more serious including problems with your liver, small intestines or pancreas. Probably best to see a doctor and have stool/blood tests to rule out any of the above.


Answer by  jamieellison (1637)

Check in with your doctor. It could be nothing or it could be a sign of liver disease, kidney disease, a problem with your pancreas or even other digestive issues like a stomach that is not absorbing your food properly. Alcoholics are known to have white stool when their liver is affected.


Answer by  blarbee (46)

In general, the color of stool reflects what's in the diet, but a stool that completly lacks color, refered to as an acholic stool, can be a sign of biliary obstruction, which is a potentially serious condition. Save the stool and bring it (and yourself) to your doctor as soon as you can.


Answer by  rodney (14)

If you have a bowel movement that is white you should probably go to the doctor and tell him about it.


Answer by  Elis (150)

The ordinary color of bowel movements is partially the result of the bile produced by the liver. If it's not present, the result is white. You should contact your doctor.


Answer by  Vanasatchy (816)

Bowel movement that is white is due to the lack of bile juice functioning in your liver. So it is better to consult a doctor dont worry.


Answer by  milo2145 (18)

white feces can mean a variety of quite serious medical condition, including liver disorder, pancreas disorder, biliary disorder, and/or other digestive problems.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

You need to go directly to the ER it could be a sign of cologn cancer and when you get there tell them that the reason you are there is because of white bowel movements. That way they will check the right things first.

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