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Do black specs(like tiny pepper flakes) in the stool indicate blood even when the stool in a normal brown color?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Nah

Significant blood loss (more than 3-4 ounces of blood), especially from upper sources, e.
g. Stomach, duodenum , small bowel, less likely from right colon, can give black, tarry stol, with a typically characteristic odor, often loose (blood is a laxative):melena (black). Entire stool would be black, not just individual spots. Likely from food, seeds. Iron pills, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can do also.

In brief: Nah

Significant blood loss (more than 3-4 ounces of blood), especially from upper sources, e.
g. Stomach, duodenum , small bowel, less likely from right colon, can give black, tarry stol, with a typically characteristic odor, often loose (blood is a laxative):melena (black). Entire stool would be black, not just individual spots. Likely from food, seeds. Iron pills, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can do also.
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