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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
No: black or dark brown? Black stools, whether solid or loose, can be sign of blood in the stool. You might want to have this checked especially if you ... Read More

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Medical eval: Black, malodorous, sticky stool may be related to GI bleeding. Major changes in stooling warrant medical evaluation.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Black stool is BAD.: This could indicate a GI bleed.You should go to the ER to be tested for blood in the stool.This could be a life-threatening emergency.Take action,NOW. ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
See MD: The GI tract moves food, , and eventual stool through the GI tract, so colon cleansing is not ordinarily needed nor should it be taken for any reason ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
UGI bleeding: Black stools mean bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal area, such as from a stomach ulcer. (PeptoBismol and iron tablets can also turn stool blac ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Iron flecks: Could be iron flecks from cereal products that contain iron.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Diarrhea: Absent blood or mucous the consistency and color of the stools during an inflammation of the GI tract will vary greatly with both the cause and what y ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Oreo: cookies should NOT color your stools!! "black stools" need to be investigated since may reflect GI bleeding EG: Bleeding in the CECUM may cause black ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The bismuth in Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause black stools. This can be concerning because blood in the stool can also appear as black ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Not normal: Truly black diarrhea is never normal. Black, tarry, smelly stools can be caused by gastrointestinal bleeding. Other things that can make stool look ... Read More

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