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What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

Black stool: Black pigment in bowel movements can be due to iron preparations(in some vitamins), blood leaking from the upper gastrointestinal tract, peptobismol,rarely intake of some substance like licorice. If it persists your Physician can test a stool sample in the office to check for upper gi blood loss. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

Hello. : Hello. You could have black stool if you are taking certain medications/ supplements like pepto bismal or iron. If you have tarry, sticky, smelling stool that is black, it is likely to be gastrointestinal bleeding and needs evaluation. ...Read more

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If I was having black bowel movements but am now having a mixture of black and brown and have not been taking medication does that mean I'm okay?

If I was having black bowel movements but am now having a mixture of black and brown and have not been taking medication does that mean I'm okay?

Dark Bowel Movements: Dark bowel movements usually signify upper gastrointestinal bleed. If you are taking iron supplements your stool tends to become dark as well. Are you having symptoms of abdominal pain/Reflux? This warrants further workup by a gastroenterologist or your primary physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does a white bowel movement mean?

What does a white bowel movement mean?

Light Stool: Have pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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What are causes of black bowel movements?

What are causes of black bowel movements?

GI bleeding: Black stools can be caused by GI bleeding, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) iron, kaopectate and licorice. Your doctor should be able to examine you and tell what the cause is. ...Read more

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What's wrong if my bowel movement is black?

What's wrong if my bowel movement is black?

Black Stool: Black stool can represent life threatening GI bleeding. There are some pills and foods that mimic this, but in general black stool should never be ignored. ...Read more

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Black strings in bowel movement? What can this be?

Black strings in bowel movement? What  can this be?

Bleeding: It could be bleeding, or check food or supplements, they may contain iron or coloring. ...Read more

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What's it mean when your bowel movement is bright green?

What's it mean when your bowel movement is bright green?

Rapid Transit: Bright green stool can be caused by many things but most of the time is due to the rapid movement of stool through the colon. The color of stool changes from green (bile) to yellow-brown as it passes through the colon. Any factor which leads to an increase passage of stools through the colon can prevent the change of coloring, hence the green stool. Ex: diarrhea after taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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My partner has black black bowel movement but not every day?

Evaluation Needed: Your partner should get evaluated as there are many reasons for black bm's. ...Read more

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