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Doctor insights on: Dark Brown Stool Color Meanings

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Hello im 19 and ive notice a change in my stool color should I be worried it is turning and dark brown color not black?

Hello im 19 and ive notice a change in my stool color should I be worried it is turning and dark brown color not black?

Concern but no worry: The amount, color, frequency 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. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

Stool Is Brown (Definition)

Stool is brown is the normal condition in most people except babies. Babies tend to have ...Read more


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Stool color change from medium brown to dark brown between movements. This has happened frequently in the duration of my lifetime. What causes this?

Stool color change from medium brown to dark brown between movements. This has happened frequently in the duration of my lifetime. What causes this?

Normal: Medium brown to dark brown color may just reflect your state of hydration. There is no disease that can be inferred from the information you provided. Drink enough water to keep your stool soft. ...Read more

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What are the sign and symptoms of rectal/colon cancer? Can it be easily treated? And also my stool color is sometimes black, dark brown, green ormixed

What are the sign and symptoms of rectal/colon cancer? Can it be easily treated? And also my stool color is sometimes black, dark brown, green ormixed

Varies: Signs and symptoms of colon cancer vary tremendously, certainly would be extremely rare in a 19 year old. Abdominal pain, change in bowel movements, unexplained weight loss, abdominal fullness, nausea are among the more common presenting symptoms. I would not hesitate to be seen and discuss directly with a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. My stool color was dark brownish. I'm regularly constipated. Also it was not continous. I can sometimes feel movement in my intestines. Help?

Hi. My stool color was dark brownish. I'm regularly constipated. Also it was not continous. I can sometimes feel movement in my intestines. Help?

Water + laxative: See if you can increase your intake of water and fiber in your diet. For the latter, you may take a laxative like Metamucil. The movement in your intestine is normal passage of gas. ...Read more

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Is light brown normal for a stool color?

Is light brown normal for a stool color?

Yes: Very dark stools or very light colored (almost white)can be disease indicators and deserve a doctor visit. ...Read more

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What shades of brown are considered "normal" stool color? What colors are cause for concern?

What shades of brown are considered "normal" stool color? What colors are cause for concern?

Black: Jet black stools, assuming you are not eating things which will do this, may signify old blood. Also if you see bright red blood this is of concern. If your stool is completely white that is not normal. All other colors are usually related to your dietary intake. ...Read more

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Slimy light/dull red blood on exterior of stool for a month or two. Stool color brown as usual. What could be the cause?

Slimy light/dull red blood on exterior of stool for a month or two. Stool color brown as usual. What could be the cause?

Internal: Hemorrhoids and anal fissure needs to be ruled out first although there could be other causes. See your doctor for an exam. Best! ...Read more

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Since three weeks I removed gallbladder, stool color was normal dark color recently I noticed the stool is light color near yellow. Is it normal?

Since three weeks I removed gallbladder, stool color was normal dark color recently I noticed the stool is light color near yellow. Is it normal?

Biliary stricture?: If the liver is unable to get bile into your intestine, it can cause you to have pale or yellow stools. Bile is what makes stools brown. This can sometimes occur after gallbladder surgery which can cause the bile ducts to narrow and cause a stricture. Sometimes stents are needed to open the ducts back up and allow free-flowing bile. See your surgeon if this continues to be a problem for follow up. ...Read more

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Have had "really" dark green stools 4 2 days. Been fighting a bad cold 4 2 wks, but also diagnosed w/gastritis yrs ago. Stool color cause 4 concern? : (

Have had "really" dark green stools 4 2 days. Been fighting a bad cold 4 2 wks, but also diagnosed w/gastritis yrs ago. Stool color cause 4 concern? : (

Green stool: Occasional green stool color is normal, usually due to passage through the digestive tract with some degree of rapidity such that bile is incompletely metabolized (which contributes the brown color). Diet high in leafy greens can also cause this. Or iron supplementation. ...Read more

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Normal liver enzynes normal colonoscopy but stool color is bright yellowish brown what do I test for or is this normal?

Normal liver enzynes normal colonoscopy but stool color is bright yellowish brown what do I test for or is this normal?

Can't fix normal: Stool color is dependent on the main colorizing agent, deep green bile, and the action of germs in the gut as poop moves though it. Normal colors range through deep greens through yellows to browns depending on how long it stays in the gut & the effect of gut germ metabolism. What you describe is well within the normal range for stool color. ...Read more

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Stool color yellows brown all blood work normal not losing weight have IBS -d on off 40 years AST never higher than 14 ALT 16 so why?

Stool color yellows brown all blood work normal not losing weight have IBS -d on off 40 years AST never higher than 14 ALT 16 so why?

Reduce intake: The ibs is a functional disorder. It is good that your ast is normal. To lose weight you need to reduce your caloric intake and increase the exercise; easier said than done. Your stool color is normal. ...Read more

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M 21 year old past weak m suffring frm jaundice my stool color is dark yellow and when I poop out yellow mucus cum with sum stool is serious prblm?

M 21 year old past weak m suffring frm jaundice my stool color is dark yellow and when I poop out yellow mucus cum with sum stool is serious prblm?

Not clear enough...: The specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of all symptoms & signs are not clear enough for deducing right diagnosis although one has to rule out possible liver diseases or bleeding along gastrointestinal tract or some breakdown of red blood cells, etc. How to sort the related concern on health? Follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stool color?

What is the definition or description of: Stool color?

Stool color: Stool color = color/hue of feces. This sometimes provide valuable diagnostic clues for medical conditions. ...Read more

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Stool color is grey. Help! Please?

Stool color is grey. Help! Please?

Stop worrying: Stool color reflects what you've been eating: fatty or not fatty, high or low fiber, plant or animal, etc. Etc. The two colors that worry me most are black (bleeding in the stomach) or red (bleeding in the intestines). If you feel good and there have been no changes in your health, relax. If you don't feel good and your health has changed, then stool color might be a clue. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What color is the stool color in a child with rotovirus?

What color is the stool color in a child with rotovirus?

Varies: The color depends on diet and bile output during the illness. I have seen blue poop from blue Popsicles or Gatorade. They can be almost clear mucous to brownish water, but very frequently are a beige/creamy white. The hallmark is the horrible smell that goes along with rotavirus - I can walk in a room and tell a baby in there has the illness. ...Read more

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What can cause a change in stool color?

What can cause a change in stool color?

Brown: The color of stool is most commonly various shades of brown due to a combination of several factors (bile content, transit time, diet, medications, intestinal flora/bacteria). These factors may result in green or even a yellow hue. ...Read more

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Can eating greek yogurt change your stool color?

Should not: Should not change color, should not change consistency, unless you eating only yogurt. ...Read more

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I have had abnormal stool color... Its been white fot a week? Why would that be?

Liver: There is likely a problem with your liver. You should see your doctor for testing. Bilirubin, which comes from the liver is yellow in color and is normally broken down in the GI tract. It gives stool it's dark brown color. If there is a blockage of bile or decreased production from liver then stool looks clay white. ...Read more

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I have had changes in stool color and consistency over the past several months what can this mean?

Depends: The changes may be related to your diet, what you are ingesting. It's reasonable to talk this over with your doctor to make sure nothing unusual is going on. You want to make sure you are well. ...Read more

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Black spots/sprecks in stool, stool is not completely black but I can see many small spots which don't look normal. Stool color is also different.

Fecal impaction: You should see your primary doctor. Fecal impaction, constipation could be explanation for your symptoms.
If you have bleeding (when stool could be black/dark red) colonoscopy can help understand the source of bleeding. Cancer/cancer bleeding unlikely at age 21.
Another test: stool for parasites.
Thank you for question. ...Read more

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Can any doctor post what abnormal stool color it looks like?

No: There is no 'normal'. Stool colon depends on what you eat. In particular, red meat, chocolate, and forms of indigestible fiber, as well as supplements (such as iron) can change the color of stool. Blood in the stool is always abnormal, and should be investigated. But aside from this, there is no true 'normal color stool'. ...Read more

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If you are taking ferrous sulfate, will it make your stool color black?

If you are taking ferrous sulfate, will it make your stool color black?

Yes: Iron by mouth can cause some nausea and constipation in some people and almost always turns the stool dark or even black. ...Read more

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Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Black stools: Black stools, especially when they or foul-smelling and tarry, can be a sign of internal bleeding in the upper digestive tract. It is possible you may have ulcer or some other source of internal bleeding. You should see your doctor ASAP or go to the emergency room if you feel too sick to make it to that appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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