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A 32-year-old member asked:

what do dark and soft stools indicate?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Lots to consider...: Color & texture of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. More importantly, if stool appearance is unusual for you & persists, or is accompanied by alarm symptoms, then medical evaluation is in order.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why do my stools smell like cat litter? No, i don't have a cat.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Stool odor: This is dependent upon what you are eating and what the bacterial flora of your colon is like. Outside of extremely foul smelling stools which can be a sign of some types of infection, it is very difficult if not impossible to pinpoint the etiology of your feces odor.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Should stools always be light brown or is any other color normal?

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Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Any color: The color of your stool is not something you should be concerned with on a routine basis.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 35-year-old female asked:

If you showed moving tape worm segments in your stool at 12/13...Could one have a tapeworm now?! 20yrs later?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Yes...: Can also get reinfested.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 35-year-old female asked:

What do tape worm segments in stools actually look like?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Moving threads: They are alive. Any doubts, stool studies to detect.
Canada
A 24-year-old female asked:

For the past year or more every time i go to the washroom my stool has clearish strings in it. Is this a parasite?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Probably not: It sounds like mucous more than that. Take some of that string and bring it to a doctor to see.

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