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Black Stool Melena
Can GI bleed turn only half the stool black... When melena enters toilet water does it turn the water red or black...Can melena be solid?
Does melena/black stool take the shape of normal stool (sausage like)? I've read it's always a tarry "blob" like consistency.
See below: It can be either. If your having black tarry stools, you need to be seen soon. ...Read more
I have hemorrhoids and i've been lately taking PROCTOLAR(PROCTOHEAL), when i went to the bathroom i saw some black stools im worried it's melena.
Ate 900ml of dark chocolate ice cream during the evening. Next day, stool was very, very dark. Almost black. Would this cause this or melena? Nervous.
Not melena: Hi I wouldn't worry too much about it. Melena is a recurring issue and due to small amounts of bleeding in the GI tract, not just a one time deal. It is caused by the oxidation of the iron (which is present in our blood cells) by our digestive enzymes. Sometimes there is food coloring in ice cream, which can definitely color your stool. Just keep an eye on it for now. ...Read more
Part black and part brown stool..Was not liquid..Turned toilet water black ..Happened only today..Is this melena?
I took 40mg Iron yesterday, and ate blueberries.My stool is black, but no bad odor at all. Melena or non-melena? Thank u
Black stool: Since only a small percentage of oral iron is absorbed, black stool is commonly seen in people taking iron. A simple test is to smudge a specimen of stool on a hemoccult card and drop a few drops of testing solution on it. This can be at a lab or physicians office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything besides melena cause maroon-to-black goop & dark bms? Two gis agree my pain etc is IBS and that bloody stools in past were hemorrhoids, but this week doc said i don't have hems anymore?
Likely melena: What you describe definitely sounds like melena. If so that means the blood is coming from the upper GI tract. That can be serious and should not be ignored. A stool test for blood will easily tell you the answer, and a complete blood count will give a good indication of how much blood has been lost. Get in to see a doctor as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?
Very dark stool (probably melena) and oversensitive bladder (frequent urge) for more than a week now.
Not an issue for : This forum. Bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract is a serious issue and needs to be investigated by a doctor, preferable an gastro-enterologist. ...Read more
Are two different colored stools (yellowish and dark brown) normal?If bleeding is suspected, can there be partial melena and partial normal stool?
Sure...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet &stool additives. ...Read more
Possibly: Black stools can indicate bleeding from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It may represent blood that has been digested, turning the stool into a characteristic black, tarry stool. This may be from a stomach or duodenal ulcer. Medications can also turn the stool black, such as iron supplements and pepto-bismol. Should see your doctor. ...Read more
No: If you have black, tarry malodorous stool please seek prompt medical attention for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more
Black=blood.: While very few dietary ingredients and supplements can cause black stool, the finding of black stool should not be considered common, and could suggest bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source. If it's common, then it should be investigated. Could be gastritis or an ulcer, for example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Probably not, but...: Melena is dark stools stained with denatured blood, but all dark stool is not melena. False positive hemoccult results can occur based on diet ; stool additives. However, colonoscopy can result in bleeding due to biopsies, scope abrasion/trauma, post-polypectomy oozing, etc. By all means, call your colonoscopist now ; alert them to your concern--they know your risks ; will be eager to assist you.. ...Read more
Could be: Neither is normal. Black stools can be due to pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) use or from blood arising from a source in your stomach. Green urine could be the result of some food coloring agents or medications/vitamins you are taking. Either way they should be investigated for underlying causes. ...Read more
GI BLEED: I'm not sure what you mean by "heavy bladder, " but black stool can be a sign of bleeding from higher up in the GI tract, such as stomach, small bowel, or proximal colon. Some medicinal products, such as iron supplements or pepto-bismol can darken the stools as well. You need to make an appointment with your medical doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Black stool : Regardless of what color cloud is needs workup. Most commonly its related to an upper GI bleed. You will need a full history to assess other symptoms and then workup. Please see a GI doctor. ...Read more
Black Stool: Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) causes your stool to be black. It really depends on your history of what is going on. If someone does have black stool and they did not just take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for instance, they should see their doctor for a consultation to determine what is appropriate to do next. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black stools: After drinking is an ominous sign for a gastric ulcer or gastritis, aggravated by the alcohol, leading to bleeding. The blood turns black when exposed to acid in the stomach and hence makes the stools black. Stop drinking! and go see a gastroenterologist to make the diagnosis and get you on a treatment plan before you do some serious damage. ...Read more
No other disease?: Each child with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. A pediatrician's evaluation is needed. We do not want a child to get chronic constipation. If constipation is due to slow movement of food and poop through the gut, then things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber-plus-water, Miralax (polyethylene glycol), senna extract, milk of magnesia, etc... ...Read more
Iron, petobismol: It is reasonable to see a doctor who can check the stool for blood, or give you special cards to collect the stool for a test. ...Read more
No: This is a Chinese dish served over meatballs containing onions, chili, garlic and pepper. If you made it spicy, it may have exacerbated an ulcer or hemorrhagic gastritis from another cause. If the black stools continue or you become light-headed or clearly sick, get with your physician. ...Read more
Cherry stools.....: Yes, this is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
What do you advise if i had one brown stool, and one half brown and black stool a few minutes ago.?
I am so confused about how bloody tarry stool looks like...compared to black stool. Aren't they the same thing?
Be cautious: If you have black stools and are not sure if these are tarry black, treat it as if it were black tarry stool and get a sample tested for blood. ...Read more
Black stool with regular stool mixed, was regular up until this morning , could it be something i ate, it's solid not irregular?
Need for examination: Black tarry stool is generally a result of bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract. You should see your doctor to rule out GI bleeding. ...Read more
Yesterday I had soft, VERY green stool. Today, I had a very hard, very dark green, almost black stool. Is this cause for concern?
No: You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 Get HPV vaccine Practice safe sex ...Read more