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Dark stool: Introduction

Dark stool: Darkening of stool. See detailed information below for a list of 50 causes of Dark stool, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Dark stool:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dark stool. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Dark stool:

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Dark stool: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Dark stool, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Dark stool Treatments

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Stories from Users for Dark stool

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Message Boards for Dark stool

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Diagnostic tests for Dark stool:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Dark stool. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Look for signs of shock - e.g. elevated heart rate, low blood pressure.
    • Abdominal examination for tenderness , masses, enlarged liver or spleen
    • Examine for other evidence of chronic liver disease that may cause gastric or esophageal varices and subsequent black stool and vomiting blood - e.g. jaundice, bruising, enlarged breasts in males, scratch marks, swollen abdomen.
    • Digital rectal examination inspecting the color of the stool and for blood
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Dark stool: Animations

Medications or substances causing Dark stool:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Dark stool as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Dark stool: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Dark stool may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Dark stool

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dark stool. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Dark stool: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Dark stool

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable more »

Dark stool: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Dark stool

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Dark stool: Related Rare Diseases

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Dark stool: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Dark stool:

The list of organs typically affected by Dark stool may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Dark stool

The list below shows some of the causes of Dark stool mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Dark stool?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Dark stool. Of the 50 causes of Dark stool that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 4 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 43 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dark stool:

The following list of conditions have 'Dark stool' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Dark stool Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Dark stool based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Dark stool?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Dark stool, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Dark stool:

    Subtypes of Dark stool:

    Black stool (47 causes), Green stool (10 causes), Stools, clay-colored (8 causes), Black tarry stools (2 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Dark stool:

    Black stool (47 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Stool color (387 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes)

    Symptoms related to Dark stool:

    Blood in stool (406 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Diarrhea (2312 causes), Stomach bleeding (4 causes), Rectal bleeding (324 causes), Internal bleeding (22 causes), Peptic uler, Gastritis (39 causes), Iron supplements

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