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Sparta, TN
A 26-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when you have a stool with black spots in them?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Possibly melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit.

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Hewitt, NJ
A 43-year-old male asked:

Do black spots in stool mean blood?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Sometimes...: Black spotting may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked pls.
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I had brown stool with black spots what should I do?

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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Stool: Black tarry stools can be a sign of upper intestinal bleeding and should be validated by your doctor

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