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A 39-year-old member asked:

my stools are black and when i prod them blood comes out. what could be wrong?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
? Melena: Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be due to gastrointestinal bleeding (melena). You may be experiencing bleeding. Please see prompt medical care.

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Will blood show up in stool test?

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What causes blood to appear in your stool?

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I've gone to the restroom twice and blood come out with my stool what could it be?

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What could cause abnormal stool (blood)?

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Get checked please: Blood per rectum, separate from or associated with stool regardless of age of the sufferer, is never normal. As such, and although the cause is likely easily explained (e.g. Hemorrhoids, anal fissure), it must be evaluated so serious pathology is not missed or diagnosis delayed.
A 25-year-old male asked:

Blood is cuming in my stools?

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Get it checked!: For someone your age, hemorrhoids are probably to blame, but something more serious could be to blame. I'd discuss with a primary care provider first...

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