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When should I seek a doctor if I have blood and tarry stool

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tell dr now: Please tell your doctor now. He or she will direct you how to proceed. Black, tarry, malodorous stools can also be due to gastrointestinal bleeding.

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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Luginbuhl
11 years experience Urgent Care
Black Stools: Black stools are concerning for a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Bright red bloody stools are concerning for bleeds in the lower gastroin ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
23 years experience Family Medicine
Bleeding...: Black stills are a sign of stomach bleeding. They look like that due to digested blood, unless you are taking iron supplements which may make them loo ... Read More
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Go back to ER: If the doctor only did a rectal soon after you threw up blood, then it was too soon for the blood to have made it to your colon. He did not check your ... Read More
Dr. Mathew Greenston
22 years experience Emergency Medicine
Sounds about right: Aspirin, Ibuprofen and alcohol and all hard on your stomach. If you consume enough of these things your stomach will bleed. Blood comes up in vomit, ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
GI bleeding: Occult gastrointestinal bleeding (i.e. unknonwn source) is potentially serious, either because the actual cause of bleeding can be dangerous (e.g. can ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unusual: Tarry stool is not a feature of celiac disease but often a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding. You need to see your doctor very very soon.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
If melena, go NOW...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not me ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Get seen: You should have seen your physician already. Be brave. There are several possibilities.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes--ASAP: Black tarry stool is usually a sign of internal bleeding from the upper digestive tract. It is an emergency and you need to be seen ASAP. You should g ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Melenic stool ?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More

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