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Dark Green Colored Stools
Define melena: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet & stool additives. ...Read more
Dark stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more
What does it mean if my stool is dark green-almost black & bloody. & when I wipe it's always bloody? Is this serious? What do I do?
Can excessive use of meds turn stool dark green? I know it isnt my diet because i don't eat much green stuff
Stool color: Decomposed bile, which is originally green, gives stool its yellow color. Having said that, green stool may mean that bile has rushed through the intestines without being acted on by bacteria like during diarrhea. Another cause of green color is unabsorbed iron in the diet. ...Read more
Dietary sources: often time dark green stools are the result of diet. foods that have blue in them such as blueberries or other blue food coloring can cause dark green stools. If this persists after eliminating this from your diet then you may want to consider seeing a medical professional ...Read more
This moring I had diarea and then about an hour later I threw up. What do you think this could be? What does it mean if the stool is a dark green?
A few possibilities: Usually diarrhea and vomiting are signs of gastroenteritis (viral). However green stool can indicate gallbladder disease or other infectious intestinal problems. Possible blockage of the intestine is also seen with vomiting and diarrhea. I would advise you to see your physician to get properly tested. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some. ...Read more
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