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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let e explain: Stools that look tarry, black, or bloody can be alarming to parents, but they are not always a sign of serious illness. Bleeding in the upper intesti ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Black tarry stool: This may be an emergency. We describe GI bleeding when one has dark black and tarry stools with a bowel movement. Please get your child to their h ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
When to go to ER?: It sure sounds like you should be in the emergency room today or at the very least at your family physician's clinic. Gi bleeding can be life threate ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
NOT good if melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many possibilities: Dark bowel movements can occur with medications (especially iron), certain foods/color additives, & also can be something more serious like gastro ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Tadpole poop: In near 20 years of seeing kids and parents, this is the first time I've heard of poop looking like tadpoles! If he is overall well, eating well, sto ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
It depends: If you took Bismuth Subsalicylate (pepto-bismol), your stools often turn black. Iron supplements may also cause dark stools. Black stools (melena) can ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
?melena: Black stools may be a sign of melena or blood in your stool. Have this checked out asap by a dr. Good luck.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience Family Medicine
Danger: Black bm's should be considered digested blood until proven other wise. Sudden death from bleeding ulcers, slow death from cancer...Ect, get to your ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Lezak
51 years experience Palliative Care
Serious or not much: Black "poop" comes in many varieties. Black tarry poop could be serious and related to blood in the stool and would need some immediate medical attent ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: It could mean it is from something you ate, for instance peptobismol will cause black stools. Or it could mean you have blood in your stool. If your s ... Read More

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