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Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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I've had lower left abdominal pain with black coffee ground stools mixed with formed pale stools. should I go to the emergency room, or can I wait?

Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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I've had lower left abdominal pain with black coffee ground stools mixed with formed pale stools.  should I go to the emergency room,  or can I wait?

Probably: Concerns are for GI bleed. Possibly due to irritable bowel, crohns, ulcerative colitis, ulcers, stomach or liver disease, etc ...need labs checked and possibly CT scan and ultimately an endoscopy(upper and lower) for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Ok, would black specs mixed in 2 yo stool be considered coffee ground stool or would that be more obvious? Is this normal? Not sure what to look for.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Ok, would black specs mixed in 2 yo stool be considered coffee ground stool or would that be more obvious?  Is this normal? Not sure what to look for.

Specs in Stool: "coffee grounds" usually refers to vomit containing blood. Black specs mixed in with stool most likely food. Bananas in stool- usually have a black spec appearance. Another possibility is chewed crayon. Usually blood in stool looks red or can make stool look dark green or black. If stools are loose or diarrhea with blood contact your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What are coffee ground stools a sign of?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What are coffee ground stools a sign of?

Coffee ground: Coffee ground stools are generally a sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed. Best to see a doctor if this happens. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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Coffee ground "flakes" in my stool. I was tested negative for celiec but starting to wonder if I have an intolorance , what else could these "flakes" b?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
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Coffee ground "flakes" in my stool. I was tested negative for celiec but starting to wonder if I have an intolorance , what else could these "flakes" b?

GI Bleeding: I am not sure where you got the worry about celiac disease in all of the possible problems this represents. I would make sure your GI doctor has tested the stool for blood and if necessary scheduled you for an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Dr. Kitonga Kiminyo
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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2yo has had 2 coffee ground looking stools today. Very hard to clean him. Leaving a terrible rash on his bum and sac. Should i be concerned?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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2yo has had 2 coffee ground looking stools today. Very hard to clean him. Leaving a terrible rash on his bum and sac. Should i be concerned?

Coffee ground stools: If he continues with the coffee ground stools he should been see quickly by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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For almost 2 weeks my stool looks like coffee grounds, sometimes dark brown or black. What does this mean? Headache, neck pain, lost 90 lbs in 6mo unintent

Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Black stool: It sounds like you might be experiencing bleeding from the GI tract. Please seek help immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Is coffee ground emesis bad when you have blood in stool?

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Is coffee ground emesis bad when you have blood in stool?

Yes, needs eval: Coffee ground emesis desribes vomiting up material that looks like 'coffee grounds' but is actually blood in the stomach. This is a serious problem whether there is blood in the stool or not. Coffee ground emesis needs to be evaluated by a physician immediately as this can be a life-threatening problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Cloud
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. Whats wrong with me?

Dr. Robert Cloud
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I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. Whats wrong with me?

Nausea, dark stools,: Sounds like you have a disorder with your stomach. Most likely either inflammation of the lining ( gastritis) or an ulcer. You should see your physician. An upper endoscopy will probably be ordered. In the meantime stop any alcohol, Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication intake and start over the counter pepsid, Prilosec or zantac ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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What causes coffee ground feces?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Bleeding: Coffee ground is a term usually used for emesis and tarry black stools is the term for feces. Both denote bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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