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What Does Black Bowel Movements Mean
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
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
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
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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