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Red and raw beef like stools. Should I be concerned?

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My poop looks very red, like raw beef. Has some regular light brown in it, but noticeably red. I am a vegetarian and haven't eaten anything noticeably red in the last few days like beets. Should I be concerned.?
Posted Thu, 6 Sep 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 46 minutes later
If you are not eating a lot of beets, you may be eating or drinking
something that has red XXXXXXX as an ingredient. I would look into it first.
Next step would be check it for the presence of blood. I would be
more concerned if this was fresh blood mixed with stools that
could indicate more serious problem like a growth or polyp or
even cancer. Please follow through with your physician who can
order appropriate stool and blood studies along with X-ray
Wish you good health.
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