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What does it mean to have dark stools? Not tarry or bloody looking- just dark. Sometimes fully dark, sometimes also with normal brown stool.

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Dr. Perry Milman
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: You are what you eat

If the dark stool is not related to blood, then it most likely is related to what you are eating.
Big offenders include blueberries, beets, spinach and licorice.

In brief: You are what you eat

If the dark stool is not related to blood, then it most likely is related to what you are eating.
Big offenders include blueberries, beets, spinach and licorice.
Dr. Perry Milman
Dr. Perry Milman
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Dr. Gregory Gallina
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dilemma

There is no short answer for dark stools.
It can be as simple as related to diet (iron supplements leafy green vegetables) or as complex as gastrointestinal bleeding. I would recommend that you see a gastroenterologist or a colon rectal surgeon for a formal evaluation. They can discuss your symptoms, and evaluate you more thoroughly with bloodwork and possibly x-rays or endoscopy if warranted.

In brief: Dilemma

There is no short answer for dark stools.
It can be as simple as related to diet (iron supplements leafy green vegetables) or as complex as gastrointestinal bleeding. I would recommend that you see a gastroenterologist or a colon rectal surgeon for a formal evaluation. They can discuss your symptoms, and evaluate you more thoroughly with bloodwork and possibly x-rays or endoscopy if warranted.
Dr. Gregory Gallina
Dr. Gregory Gallina
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Dr. Bruce Gingold
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Probably increased I

Iron in diet or vitamins can do this.
See md and get hemoccult stool test and physical examination.

In brief: Probably increased I

Iron in diet or vitamins can do this.
See md and get hemoccult stool test and physical examination.
Dr. Bruce Gingold
Dr. Bruce Gingold
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