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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There : There are some medicines that can make your stool look dark or black. If you have black, tarry, stools that stink, it could be a sign of gastrointesti ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Could be serious!: Black stools can be from several things. The most worrisome would be from blood in the stool, which can be from stomach irritation (gastritis/ulcer) o ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sometimes it is: caused by things like iron supplementation or Peptobismal. If there is black, tarry malodorous stool it could be GI bleeding and should prompt medical ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rosin
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Simple to serious: Quality of the your stool and your diet is important. If your stool is firm and formed it is possible that this may be related to iron which could b ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: If it is black, tarry and malodorous that could be a sign of melena (gi bleeding). If that is the case, please seek prompt medical evaluation.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
? bleeding: Hello. If the stool is black, tarry (sticky) and has a bad odor - then gastrointestinal bleeding could be a cause. Your doctor can easily check for bl ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Stomach pain?: The most concerning cause of black stools is bleeding in the stomach, usually caused by an ulcer or gastritis. Blood turns black when it comes in cont ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Although either of : These can be related to medication or foods which have been ingested, green stool is usually associated with rapid transit time through the GI tract. ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
12 years experience Pediatrics
Black stool: Black stool can occur due to iron supplementation or due to bleeding in upper GI tract, latter known as melena. You should have this evaluated by your ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
How do you FEEL?: Iron or bismuth medicines will do this. It can also be a bleeding stomach ulcer or other illness. If you feel sick, get seen now. If you feel well, me ... Read More

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