What causes black colored stools?
presence of iron in stools, maybe bleeding in gut
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Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:
1. Black colored stools in the elderly means bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract or iron in stools from blood or iron tablets ingestion.
2. However, if iron tablets is being taken, stool can be black colored due to presence of unabsorbed iron in stools.
3. Any bleeding inside gastrointestinal tract, particularly in stomach or above it can react with acid in stomach giving black colored hematin, which will give rise to black colored stools.
4. If not taking iron tablets, endoscopy to look for bleeding spots is necessary. Also get an hemoglobin levels checked to check severity of anemia.
Test results necessary for further opinion.
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