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Is black tarry stool a cause for concern?

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Dr. Ratnakar Kini

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Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Hi,

I am observing black tarry stool now a days and i have no other symptoms. How should i proceed from here, Please guide me on this.
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
?Upper GI bleed

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

Black tarry stool indicates bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Black stools also seen if you take iron supplements or Pepto bismol.

If you are passing black tarry stool and not taking iron supplements or Pepto bismol, then you need immediate medical attention.

You need to undergo upper GI endoscopy to know the cause of bleed.

Regards,
Dr.R.K.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ratnakar Kini 57 minutes later
I have been taking corn flakes which i think has some amount of iron, Can this be the reason for it ?
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 2 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
That may not be responsible.
Post the picture of the black tarry stool
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Follow up: Dr. Ratnakar Kini 17 hours later
Hi i have attached the stool test report. Please let me know if it is fine.

It has 1-2hpf pus cells is it normal ?
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Nothing significant

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
I went through the stool analysis report.
Looks normal.
Regards,
Dr.R.K
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