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Is tarry stools a sign of some disease?

Is tarry stools a sign of some disease?

Melenic stool: Dark-colored stools may result from foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggest bleeding. When blood is denatured by the acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, your stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums, etc. But persistent melena is a "red flag" warning for which you need fast medical care. ...Read more

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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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Is bloody stools a sign of some disease?

Is bloody stools a sign of some disease?

It can be.: Possible causes of blood in stool include: fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, cancer, ulcers, infections, inflammation, Diverticular disease & Angiodysplasia . Get evaluated if more than a one time occurrence. ...Read more

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Is abdominal distension a sign of some disease?

Is abdominal distension a sign of some disease?

It depends ...: Abdominal distension is a non-specific finding ... It can represent the entire gamut of medical conditions, from mild constipation to life-threatening intestinal ischemia. It's significance needs to be taken in context with a large number of other factors. ...Read more

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I have bloody stools, is this a sign of colitis?

I have bloody stools, is this a sign of colitis?

Maybe.: Colitis can result in bloody stools, but so can many other things, including hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticulosis, peptic ulcers, colon cancer, & more. Depending on your personal history and age, you may also be more at risk for some of these than others. Bloody stools could come from benign problems as well as very serious ones. If you're having this problem, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is oily stool a sign of malabsorption

Is oily stool a sign of malabsorption

Possibly: It is more likely indicative of a bad dietary intake. ...Read more

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What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

Both: or none . Bleeding may not be seen only occult blood Speak to your doctor if you are concerned at the age of 19 ...Read more

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Are green stools a common symptom of celiac disease?

Are green stools a common symptom of celiac disease?

Yes: Diarrhea decreases bowel transit time, so any condition that causes diarrhea can result in green stool. Celiac disease can cause diarrhea (decreased transit time) and can lead to green stool. ...Read more

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Is bleeding tendency a sign of some disease?

Is bleeding tendency a sign of some disease?

Various causes: There are a number of things that can lead to easy bleeding. Some are problems with blood clotting factors or platelets (a part of your blood that stops bleeding). It is best to be evaluated for this problem by a primary care physician or a hematologist. ...Read more

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Is there a common cause of diarrhea with grey stools?

Is there a common cause of diarrhea with grey stools?

Malabsorption: Grey stools can be a sign of malabsorption. If you have chronically grey stools, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Is green stool a sign of colon cancer?

Not specifically: Bowel movement color is not a factor to watch for colon cancer unless you see blood. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Is black stool a symptom of colon cancer or ulcer?

Depends: There are many causes of black tarry stool. The common issue is bleeding in the intestine. Bleeding may be due to ulcers in the stomach, or intestine. Oral iron intake may produce dark stool. Colon cancer is one of the causes of bleeding in the intestine. It would be prudent to see your doctor to determine the cause of dark stools, especially if it is due to bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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Is vaginal pain a sign of some disease?

Is vaginal pain a sign of some disease?

Multiple causese: Vaginal pain is a symptom that can be caused by multiple conditions. Causes could be due to infection, pelvic prolapse, nerve injury, pelvic muscle spasms etc. Careful history and examination should isolate the cause. ...Read more

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Is abdominal swelling a sign of some disease?

Can be: Swelling can be due to gaseous distension, stool in the colon, a baby in the uterus, urine in the bladder, poor muscle tone. It can also be due to abnormalities of the ovaries (cysts, tumors), kidneys (cyst, tumor, failure), uterus (fibroids, tumors), tubes (ectopic preg), liver (tumors, fat, scarring, failure), fluid deposition from sick liver, tumors, heart failure, tumor masses, etc. C ur doc. ...Read more

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Is black foul smelling stool a symptom of gallbladder problems or stomach uclers?

Is black foul smelling stool a symptom of gallbladder problems or stomach uclers?

Black stool: could be melena, or occult blood in the stool. Blood changes color from red to black when it is exposed to enzymes in the GI tract. The bleeding could be coming from ulcerations in stomach or elsewhere, or even a tumor, in the upper GI tract, Have your doctor take a look at you. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause black stool? Or is this a sign of something more serious?

Does GERD cause black stool? Or is this a sign of something more serious?

No: GERD does not cause black stools. But if you have taken Peptobismol, it can turn stool black. If you didn't take that, then you will need to see your primary care doctor soon. But if you are having several black stools and feeling lightheaded or dizzy, then you will need to go to an emergency room as it maybe a sign that you are bleeding in the bowels. ...Read more

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Is pebble like stool sign of celiac?

Celiac: Pebble like stools are most likely an indication of general constipation. Stools form into "balls" on defecation when stools are depleted of water in the intestine. Drink plenty of water daily and eat a fiber-balanced / healthy diet. Pebble like stooling is not a classic symptom of celiac disease. More classic GI symptoms in celiac include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating/gas. ...Read more

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Can undigested starch in the stool be a sign of celiac disease?

Celiac: The only way to be truly sure is to have the stool evaluated as well as seeing a gastroenterology specialist for an appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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Is vertigo a sign of some disease?

Is vertigo a sign of some disease?

Yes, but which one?: Vertigo can be a sign of disease in multiple areas, ranging from the inner ear to the vestibular nerves to the brainstem itself. There are many causes of vertigo, ranging from benign to quite dangerous. A neurologist can help pinpoint what type of dizziness you have, what is causing it, and how to treat it. ...Read more

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