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What will the doctor do if you go to the doctor with a problem with black stool?
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Look for bleeding
Evaluate if you are bleeding and if so likely recommend an endoscopy.

In brief: Look for bleeding
Evaluate if you are bleeding and if so likely recommend an endoscopy.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Melenic stool ?
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.

In brief: Melenic stool ?
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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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