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Q. I am passing maroon colored stools. Could it be due to stomach bleeding?

Answered by Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni.


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Hi doctor,

I am a 23 year old female of 5'6" and weighs 250 lbs. Currently, I am on an antibiotic for tooth abscess. I have been taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol for the pain. Now, I believe that I may have stomach bleeding due to a maroonish colored stool. I just need to know if I should visit the ER right now.


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Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni
MBBS., MD., FCPS., D.N.B
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • You might be having gastritis because of Ibuprofen and resulting into maroonish stools. Are you having that more than once since a couple of days?
  • In the case of stomach bleeding, the stools are very dark and more blackish like tar rather than maroonish.
  • If you are feeling weak and looking pale, then you should visit Emergency Room as soon as possible.
  • A single episode of maroonish stools could be due to other causes as well such as edible colors in food, antibiotics, etc.
  • Currently, you can get a basic test like stool routine examination and look for occult blood in it. If detected, then you might need an upper GI endoscopy to determine any source of bleeding.

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