Change in Stool Color
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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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Content updated on Nov 26, 2023

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About the Symptom

Stool color changes can be caused by diseases or conditions, infections, surgery, pregnancy, medications, supplements, and diet.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hematochezia (rectal bleeding)

  • Abdominal pain

  • Recent weight loss

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Lower abdominal pain

Possible causes

Generally, Change in stool color can be related to:

  • Ulcerative colitis

    An inflammatory condition of the large intestine that damages the gut wall. The exact cause is not well known.

  • Viral gastroenteritis

    Viral infection of the stomach and intestines ("stomach flu"). It is transmitted from other patients who have the same illness. Washing hands and not sharing food/drinks is important in breaking the transmission of this disease.

  • Crohn's disease

    It is an inflammatory condition of the gut. It is part of a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus (end of the bowel).The exact cause is not well known.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastritis
  • Constipation

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Is your stool color abnormal?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Do you have a reduced appetite and eat less food?

  • Are others around you experiencing similar symptoms?

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References

  • Global RxPh. (2021)

    https://globalrph.com/drugs/medications-agents-may/

Reviewed By:

Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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