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What causes black stools?

8 days ago, my friends 4 year old had his tonsils out. 3 days later he had, what I would call for him, normal looking stools. Last night and twice today he had nearly overflowing black, runny stools. Is this digested blood and is the amount a concern?
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
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He might be having infective diarrhea but the colour of the stool is a bit of concern. As u have stated that it was black, black tarry stools suggest upper GI bleed but it is not likely with the history you have provided. So start him with Tab. Ciprofloxacin 1+1 for 5 days and Stool RE.
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What causes black stools?

He might be having infective diarrhea but the colour of the stool is a bit of concern. As u have stated that it was black, black tarry stools suggest upper GI bleed but it is not likely with the history you have provided. So start him with Tab. Ciprofloxacin 1+1 for 5 days and Stool RE. Keep in touch with me for further correspondence.