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21 Possible Causes for Bulky Stool, Clay-Colored Stool, Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Chronic Pancreatitis

    Pale or clay-colored stools Exams and Tests Tests to diagnose pancreatitis include: Fecal fat test Increased serum amylase level Increased serum lipase level Serum trypsinogen[] The diarrhea is a result of fat malabsorption, which results in bulky, foul-smelling stools that may appear oily and float (steatorrhea).[] Fat-soluble vitamins and B12 deficiencies are seen most commonly. Vitamin D in particular is of importance.[]

  • Malabsorption Syndrome

    Other symptoms you may have: Frequent diarrhea Bad-smelling and loose stool Stools that are light in color or bulky Stools that are hard to flush away because they float or[] Signs of deficiencies may be apparent. There may be: Non-anaemic iron deficiency. Iron-deficiency anaemia. Folate deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency.[] Changes in the stools may include: Bloating, cramping, and gas Bulky stools Chronic diarrhea Fatty stools (steatorrhea) Treatment depends on the cause and is aimed at relieving[]

  • Pancreatic Insufficiency

    Symptoms of EPI include steatorrhea (ie, clay-colored, loose, greasy, foul-smelling large stools), abdominal discomfort, bloating, and weight loss.[] stools abundant with fat (steatorrhea) that are difficult to flush away.[] Malabsorption that occurs with pancreatic insufficiency causes and increased risk of vitamin deficiencies (A, D, E, K, B12) and should be checked at the time of diagnosis[]

  • Tropical Sprue

    Stools are soft, bulky, clay-colored, and offensive. Older children may present with anemia or failure to grow normally.[] Steatorrhea (foul-smelling, pale, bulky, and greasy stools) is common.[] People with vitamin B12 deficiency will receive vitamin supplements as well.[]

  • Celiac Disease

    Stools are soft, bulky, clay-colored, and offensive. Older children may present with anemia or failure to grow normally.[] Symptoms in children include abdominal bloating, bulky, very foul-smelling stools, and failure to grow.[] Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord should be considered in patients with chronic Vitamin B12 deficiency presenting with neurological symptoms.[]

  • Childhood Celiac Disease

    stools Celiac Screening: Blood tests are used to screen for celiac disease.[] Vitamin B12 deficiency in untreated celiac disease. Am J Gastroenterol 2001;96:745–750. 207. Reinken L, Zieglauer H.[] deficiency Bruising Vitamin K deficiency Bleeding Thrombocytosis – elevated platelet count Thrombocytopenia – low platelet count Neurological Peripheral Neuropathies, including[]

  • Whipple Disease

    Symptoms In addition to weight and muscle loss, malabsorption may lead to diarrhea, bloating, cramping, frequent bulky stools, and a distended stomach.[] Hyperpigmentation – due to pellagra or niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency, B12 deficiency or low cortisol levels Petechia or purpura – due to vitamin C or vitamin K deficiency[] […] that are bulky, greasy, foul smelling, difficult to flush away, and leave a film of oil in the toilet pan after flushing.[]

  • Steatorrhea

    Signs and Symptoms of Steatorrhea In steatorrhea, the color of the stool is pale, white, gray or clay-colored.[] […] by a number of symptoms: Foul-smelling stools Bulky stool Pale stools Red and bloody stools Loose stools Greasy stools Steatorrhea Diagnosis Testing for the root problem[] Vitamin B12 is very important for intestinal health. Vitamin B12 deficiency can causes mal-absorption of the fat.[]

  • Duodenal Diverticulum

    For the past one-month he was passing high colored urine and one week back his stool had become clay colored.[] This creates a large, soft and bulky stool.[] A bulky stool helps prevent this. Plant fiber, especially the insoluble fiber, is the best. These are the fibers that do not produce colon gas.[]

  • Pancreatic Duct Obstruction

    Dark urine and light or clay-colored stools can also be associated with jaundice. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin, a component of bile, builds up in your blood.[] The undigested fat can also cause stools to be unusually pale. They might also be bulky, greasy, and float in the toilet.[] Vitamin Deficiencies Vitamin A Visual and skin changes Vitamin B12 Anemia Vitamin D Bone abnormalities Vitamin E Neurological problems Vitamin K Blood clotting problems Pancreatic[]

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