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What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

May be blood: Coffee grounds substance appearing in loose bowel movements may be digested blood from a bleed higher up in the intestinal tract. Blood in you gastrointestinal tract can act almost like a laxative and make you go looser than usual. I would get evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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What can cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal pain or fever?

What can  cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal  pain or fever?

Rapid transit: Our liver and gallbladder secretes a green substance called bile. It helps digest our food that contains fat/oils. This green fluid is partly responsible for the brown color of our stool.There may be instances where this green fluid either is not well absorbed in the distal small intestine(ileum) resulting in rapid transit through the intestines(especially the colon , where it may irritate). ...Read more

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Does chocolate cause loose stools?

For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you may also have loose stools. ...Read more

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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children.  Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years.  Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

Doctor can evaluate: "loose stools" means different things to different people. "frequent" also has many meanings (some call once a week frequent; others once a day). So, a primary care doctor or a GI specialist will have to get the entire story and run some tests. If there is celiac disease, some soretof hormonal problem, a malabsorption of certain nutrients, etc... Then some long term problems might appear. ...Read more

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Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Can  upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Hmm: Unless the cysts are in your intestine then it is unlikely related to loose stool. I would review these tests with your doctor and see the next plan of action ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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