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What causes black stools?

What causes black stools?

Blood: Black stools or melena, is always considered blood. It usually comes from the stomach or the beginning parts [higher up in our jargon] of the small intestine. Bleeding from colon usually comes out red. Black or red stools need to be investigated. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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What causes black stool?

What causes black stool?

Sometimes it is: caused by things like iron supplementation or Peptobismal. If there is black, tarry malodorous stool it could be GI bleeding and should prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Can iron in women cause black stools?

Can iron in women cause black stools?

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. ...Read more

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What is a common cause for black stool?

What is a common cause for black stool?

Variable: But most concerning is a bleeding site in the upper GI tract which turns black when exposed to gastric acids. This can progress very rapidly to a very serious and life threatening situation. Non serious causes can be any meds containing bismuth such as pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and certain foods. You should see your doctor promptly for evaluation and referral if indicated. ...Read more

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What would cause black stools in a 14 month old?

What would cause black stools in a 14 month old?

Possible blood: Black stools could be from a number of things, but it is very important to make sure it is not caused by an intestinal bleeding high in the gut. You need to take the baby and the black stool to the doctor so he/she can test the stool for blood. ...Read more

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Can eating oreo black cause you to have black stool?

Can eating oreo black cause you to have black stool?

If you: Enough of them yes and due mostly to the artificial food coloring and chemicals in packaged cookies. Eat healthier home baked cookies, in general better for you than store bought packaged cookies. Too many preservatives and other things that potentially are causing long term consequences and harm. ...Read more

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Cholecystomy two weeks ago. What causes black stool? Should i be concerned?

Cholecystomy two weeks ago. What causes black stool? Should i be concerned?

Blood: You should speak with the surgeon that did your case. Blood from above usually is the source of black stool. Given that you are two weeks out from your procedure, you should definitely let your surgeon know about this. ...Read more

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How can I find out what caused my black stools?

How can I find out what caused my black stools?

See your doc: Black stools can be from gastrointestinal bleeding (usually upper GI source), iron pills, peptobismol, charcoal capsules, arsenic. Dark stools can also come from blueberries, etc. See your doc. See if stool tests + for blood. If so get evaluated-generally upper endoscopy, maybe colonoscopy (black stool can be from right side of colon), or capsule endoscopy to check small bowel. ...Read more

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Might eating oreos cause you to have black stools?

No: If you have black, tarry malodorous stool please seek prompt medical attention for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more

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Gi contrast cause dark black stool?

Please talk to your: Dr. I don't believe that barium contains bismuth or iron which could cause stool to become black. If the bowel movements are black., sticky & malodorous - this could be due to a GI bleed & would require prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more


Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more