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A 38-year-old female asked:

Have brown/black specks on toilet paper. normal colonoscopy and upper endoscopy 1 yr ago. stool looks normal. could specks be undigested food?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Yes: Stool represents material which reaches the large intestine for absorption of liquid small bowel content. What results in stool is digested food that has not completely been reabsorbed, undigested particles of food, bile, bacteria and cells that have desquamated from the colon lining. Specks of food can be individual particles or a combination of to present what you noted.

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