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What Does Black Stool Signify?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2015
Question: What does black stool mean?will the complete stool be black? I see small pieces of black stool along with brown stool
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Answered by Dr. Samir Patil (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
get a stool occult blood test done

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Black stool could be a normal variation. But sometimes it could also be due to internal bleeding.
I would suggest that you get a stool test for occult blood done. In case the test is negative then you shouldn't worry about the black color.
In case, it is positive then you need to visit your doctor to investigate the cause of the bleed.

Hope this helps
Do get back incase you have further queries
Regards
Dr Samir Patil
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What Does Black Stool Signify?

Brief Answer: get a stool occult blood test done Detailed Answer: Hello Black stool could be a normal variation. But sometimes it could also be due to internal bleeding. I would suggest that you get a stool test for occult blood done. In case the test is negative then you shouldn't worry about the black color. In case, it is positive then you need to visit your doctor to investigate the cause of the bleed. Hope this helps Do get back incase you have further queries Regards Dr Samir Patil