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Stool Color Changes (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Individuals should notify their physician when there is a persistent change in the color of their stool.

Persistent black, tarry stools or red, bloody stools signify intestinal bleeding and need to be evaluated by a physician promptly. Individuals should either notify their primary care doctor or visit an urgent care center or an emergency room.

Gray or clay-colored stool and yellow stool also may signify diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder, or the liver. The evaluation of these conditions may warrant careful evaluation by an internist, primary care physician, or a gastroenterologist (a physician specialized in disease of the stomach and the intestines).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2013
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