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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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I have black stool, should I go to doctors, what to do?

I have black stool, should I go to doctors, what to do?

Stool can become: Black if one is taking iron or medications containing bismuth. Gi bleeding (melena) can cause black, tarry and malodorous stools. A stool guiac can determine if there is blood in stool. I would get it checked. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with black stools to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with black stools to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

GI Bleeding?: Black stools can be caused by harmless things such as certain foods (e.g., blueberries, black licorice) or meds such as bismuth (pepto-bismol) or iron supplements. But it may be a sign of bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract, which can be serious (and doesn't always cause pain). If you haven't eaten these foods/meds & you're having black stools, or if you have vomiting or pain, see your dr. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some black stools. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some black stools.  When should I see the doctor?

Get eval now: This is suspicious of a GI bleed that is causing symptomatic anemia. Really need to get tested for anemia and get tested for GI bleed before considering benign options. ...Read more

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3 days of black stool. should I go to the ER or go to my doctor?

To your doctor: It would be preferable to see your doctor as you are not acutely ill and ER is equipped to provide proper work up and follow through care. ...Read more

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After how many days of black stool should I consult a physician?

After how many days of black stool should I consult a physician?

Don't wait: If it isa black stool of tarry consistency it may reflect bleeding and should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have recently had black stool and blood, should I see a doctor sooner?

I have recently had black stool and blood, should I see a doctor sooner?

Tell dr now: Please tell your doctor now. He or she will direct you how to proceed. Black, tarry, malodorous stools can also be due to gastrointestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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I have black stool why did doctor prescribed prilosec?

Stomach issue.: Your doctor may think you have gastritis or an ulcer. Black stool implies that there's an upper tract source of bleeding into the intestinal tract. If it doesn't stop you may need further testing. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, i had black stool, swollen back opposite of chest, and discomfort abdomen, is it serious?

B lack: (really black) and particularly if it is shiny is called malena and it is due to chronic bleeding from some part of the bowel. Get it checked out. ...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