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what causes the stools to be dark brown if its not blood?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Dark stools: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) ; symptoms warrants md visit.

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A 43-year-old male asked:

My stool is most often formless or loosely formed and ranges in color from a medium to dark brown (no blood, nothing else I can see). Issues?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Fiber to the rescue: While not necessarily your answer, eating a high-fiber diet may help alleviate your symptoms & promote normal bowel function. If no response to fiber supplementation, then certainly seek medical evaluation to rule out malabsorption, maldigestion, infection, enteropathy, colitis, dysmotilities, functional syndromes, etc. Consider reading: http://patients.gi.org/topics/common-gi-symptoms/

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