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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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    What causes black stool in adults?

I am a 77 year old male. Am 70 lbs overweight, 5 10 tall. Blood pressure under control with medication. Started a 1500 calorie a day diet. Experiencing some gas (not painful) and diarrhea . Suddenly my stool is very black but not painful and no sign of blood in stool. Is this, hopefully, just a body adjustment. I was probably consuming 3000 calories a day. Ice cream is my downfall. Many thanks for a reply
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hello dear , hi

Welcome to
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* This is not normal , usually indicates internal bleeding from stomach or
intestine via ulcer erosion or else .

* Needs basic work up with your clinician by lab tests , endoscopy
examination for the further management guidelines .

Hope this clears your query .

Wishing you fine health ahead .
Regards dear take care .
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