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is dark brown stool normal

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes : As long as it is not bloody not dark, tarry black, that color is ok.
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Dr. Scott Rudkin
22 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: The dark brown color of stool is from red cell breakdown--this is normal.

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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: See your health provider if the stool turns black otherwise it is a normal color.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Yes in your case: The color of the stool is influenced by what you eat. In the scenario you describe the bloody meet can be the reason for your stool's dark brown color ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Velma Scantlebury
39 years experience Transplant Surgery
Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
You're bleeding: Gi bleeding can be without warning, brisk, & originate anywhere in the gut (from esophagus, stomach, to rectum. Don't hesitate to seek urgent evaluati ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Gingold
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Probably increased I: Iron in diet or vitamins can do this. See md and get hemoccult stool test and physical examination.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: Any shade of brown is normal. Black stool is abnormal and can indicate bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal area. Iron supplements and Pepto-Bismo ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Can be: Soft Tan colored stool often is due to more rapid transit of intestinal contents and it is possible that some feces travelled through the intestinal t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Carr
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Can be normal if...: This can be normal as long as the stools are not described as black and tarry in appearance (as this could indicate a slow bleed from the gastrointest ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Probably nothing: But there are many causes of dark stools (blood, meds, diet, etc) . Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for ... Read More

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