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A 21-year-old female asked:

I had a one off hard, dark stool. i'm not sure if it was black but should i be concerned as it was a once off? i'm 21 and in otherwise good health?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Altered color stool: Color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (may vary per individuall), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, ; other factors. Probably okay if a single occurrence but persistent dark stool warrants exam ; treatment. Avoid nsaids, aspirin, etoh 4 now to minimize bleed risk.
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