A member asked:

There are some dark brown almost black, hard as a rock (pebble like) small pieces in my stool for a month. what is my problem please?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Ask your physician on your next visit whether it is worth 'scoping you to look for diverticular disease. It is not especially treatable. The diverticula catch stool, and it hardens in the pouches until it escapes.

Answered Jan 31, 2020


Dr. Erik Borncamp answered

Specializes in Wound care

But there are many other non-blood causes of dark stools (meds, diet, etc) . Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for blood. If blood is found a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy could be performed to rule out a source of bleeding. If no blood, may be dietary. See a doctor.

Answered Sep 7, 2017



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