Very dark, not black stool

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   Posted 7/2/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

I am beginning to get mildly concerned here. For the past couple of weeks I have had very dark stools, tho not black. They are not evenly colored either, parts may be darker than others. This is a new change for me. The stools are not loose or tarry, they are well formed and normal in consistency. I also have no pain or other symptoms. I recently began drinking coffee, but I stopped and there has been no change.

Like I said, I am otherwise asymtomatic, tho I have noticed perhaps a small tendency that there are small amounts of undigested food in the stools, tho that is not always the case. Again, no visible blood, not tarry and not black. Just dark brown. Negative other symptoms. Should I be concerned? It's been about two weeks. No change in diet or routine either. Thanks!

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   Posted 7/3/2012 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
It is likely dietary. Though you say you have not changed your diet, it could be something as simple as a vegetable, fruit drink, or such. Also the are many non-soluble fibrous foods we eat. These do not break down totally with chewing and digestion. Therefore pieces of food will appear in stools. Examples are skin from tomatoes, corn, leafy vegetables.

If it were me, I wouldn't be concerned at this point by the color change. If however, something else changed, like the consistency, frequency of stools, or the development of abdominal pain, then I would consult my physician.
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