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A 50-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if i have dark stool instead of light one?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
It depends: The color of your stool is generally related to your diet. Black tarry stools can represent digested blood and require further evaluation.
Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 21 years experience
Nothing: Can be foods medications or worse case anemia or nothing.

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A female asked:

What does it mean when stool in dark brown on the outside and light brown on the inside?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It might..: It might be completely normal depending on what you ate. However, we would need to know what other symptoms you are presenting. If the stool turns black or has blood, mucus on it it would need further evaluation. If otherwise you are healthy I would just make sure that you eat plenty of fiber(fruits and vegetables), low fat diet in order to produce a healthy bowel movement.
A 16-year-old female asked:

What does light brown stool mean? What can I add to my diet to make it darker? Thanks.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Light stool: Light stool can be brought about byexcess dairy in the diet. Darker stool is more prevalent with when meet is eaten. Normal stool color may range from a light tan to a dark brown. We get concerned when stool is black or possibly clay colored or blood tinged.

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