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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 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 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
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Could be: Black stools can reflect intestinal bleed. Medications and the mental stress of surgery could induce a peptic ulcer. Get a stool test from pharmacy ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Black stool usually: Means melena, which means bleeding from upper GI tract. I suppose black food can make your stools black if you eat enough of it, but don't take that ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: Black stools can be the result of GI bleeding. This issue needs to be evaluated asap. See your doctor. If you do not have one, go to the er.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Black stools: Although this may be the result of something you have eaten it also suggests the probability that you are bleeding somewhere in your GI tract. Please ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: Black stools caused by black foods- cherries,iron supplement. Black stools with abdominal pain,vomiting & diarhoea indicate bleeding from upper ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Black tarry stool: … Is a sign of internal bleeding and should be taken seriously. If this is occurring, I would go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garrett Garner
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Blood in stool: I would have your stool checked for blood. That could be melena which means you have blood in your stool. Go see your pcp for an eval.
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