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What does black stool indicate?

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Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

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Posted on Tue, 7 Mar 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: what does black stool indicate?
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Answered by Dr. Happykumar Kagathara 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
possible episode of bleeding inside intestine in past

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Black stool with foul smell indicate previous episode of bleeding inside intestine and it might be located to end part of small intestine or start and middle part of large intestine.
Black hard stool can also be due to severe constipation.
You can provide me little more detail to guide you with appropriate advice.

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