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What do reddish colored stools indicate despite negative rectal exam test results?

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Hi, just been to the doctor and has a recital exam and he said everything was fine. I also did an occult blood test the other week which shown no blood. I just wondered if these two colours in the poop we're due to different meals or something else. thanks 🙂 (the red thing is a pepper)
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Nothing serious concern. Altered stool colour is due to food stuff.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have worked through your attached query and images in detail.

These colour changes are related to the food stuff recently ingested. In the absence of any distressing symptoms, it's advisable not be worry over this.

Maintain adequate hydration.

Since occult blood test and per rectal examination are normal, you can relax.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Suresh Heijebu 13 hours later
Hi, I really appreciate your reply. another thing I wanted to ask was in the past couple of days I've noticed dark brown balls mixed in with the normal coloured poop. is this okay? Thanks again :D
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
That's a normal finding.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Sir,

I can certainly understand your concern and have worked through your attached query in detail.

That's a normal finding.

Nothing to worry.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr. Suresh Heijebu, General & Family Physician
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