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Black Stool Not Tarry
I had abd pain 1 week ago lasting 3 days. Pain subsided. Today I had a formed black stool. Not tarry. What could this be. Dr has not called back yet.
I have been getting black stools, not tarry though, just dark. I also have bad strep throat. Are they related in any way? Or should I go in?
I have stomach pain and black stool not tarry just started today hurts occasionally how long should I wait before going to the doctors?
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 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
Had hard-ish black stool only today. Not tarry or foul-smelling at all. Ate a lot of blueberries yesterday. Not taking meds. I'm 16. Help?
You are fine: This is the blueberries. Do not worry! ...Read more
Just been diagnosed with crohns disease, I have had black stools but they are not tarry they are quite loose as well, should I be worried?
Depends: Black stools can be caused by medications like iron or even some mesalamines. If your doctor is not concerned that it's a sign of upper GI bleeding, it may be due to the medication you're taking. ...Read more
Black stool this morning. Was NOT tarry, didn't disperse in the water. I poop an hour later, it was dark brown, not black. Had pepto on wed. & thurs.
Likely Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause a change in the color of stool and turn it black. As long as you are not otherwise noticing any significant associated symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, this is not a worrisome concern. ...Read more
I have a black and tarry stool. At the same time i have a constipation; but after endoscopy I don't have an ulcer. What is the main reason to have a black stool and constipation if not an ulcer?
See below: Generally black tarry stool indicates upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Iron supplements and bismuth subsalicylate(Pepto-Bismal) can also turn stool black, although usually not tarry. If the endoscopy was normal you may be bleeding from the small intestine from Vascular anomalies(Angiodysplasia). Special studies are needed to diagnose these. Speak with your GI specialist. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with gastritis about 4 months ago and now my stool is black and tarry again. I'm not feeling like I have an ulcer but could i?
My stool is black but not tarry or foul smelling does this still indicate an upper GI bleed? I have no weight loss or appieteite loss
Could gallstones in the pancrias cause blood loss? I have an occasional flair up where my stool is black and tarry (once or twice a month). Nov. 2009 my blood count was 5.6 and was given 4 units of blood. 9 months later my blood count was 6.7 and I was
Hemobillia (blood in gastrointestinal tract from biliary oirign) is very rare.
Obscure causes of intestinal bleeding are mostly from small bowel av malformations, tumors etc. Intermittent episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding remain difficult to diagnose despite capsule endoscopy. Angiography during an active episode of bleeding may provide a diagnosis.
Laparoscopy with small bowel examination is some times helpful.
Due to the intermittent ocassional episodes of blood loss a definite diagnosis is difficult to make. ...Read more
Sometimes is blood: Black spotting 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked pls. ...Read more
Indigestion for last four weeks, psychosis, lump in throat and trouble swallowing. Noticed a few small, dark, almost black spots in stool. Not tarry.?
depends: If you have not taken pepto-bismol or other bismuth containing products, you need to see a GI doctor sooner rather than later. This could be due to a serious life threatening condition in your stomach. Don't delay. ...Read more
No worries...: Dark brown or charcoal grey stools are of no clinical significance. Tarry black stools might indicate GI bleeding. Taking an iron supplement might turn your stool dark grey or black. ...Read more
Too much 'partying':
Did you take any pepto before you went out 'partying'(which can turn your stool black), or did you drink to such excess that you caused bleeding within your esophagus/stomach?
If you are young and otherwise healthy, and this happened only once, I'd advise caution- if you are light-headed, dizzy, or this continues to happen, get to the doctor at once. ...Read more
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
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 you're having black tarry stools, you need to be seen soon. ...Read more
I read on webmd about black tarry stools, I have one maybe 2 to 3 times a month, what does that mean?
Upper GI Bleed: Profile indicates history of cirrhosis, ascities and esophageal banding. In this case the number one concern is portal hypertension leading to bleeding esophageal varices or other associated upper GI condition, which should be ruled out as the cause of your melenotic (black tarry) stools. Recommend consultation with gi/hepatology. ...Read more
No, test stool: Black tarry stool or melena is typically associated with blood from a proximal GI source. Ulcers in the stomach and vascular lesions can be types of causes. Wine itself and the pigment of the red grape do not change the color of the stool. Beets and other pigmented foods do alter the color. You should be tested for blood in the stool and possible anemia. ...Read more
Does bleeding in the intestines would result to a whole black and tarry stool or just a portion of the stool?
Black tarry stools and feeling of stomach not emptying... since 2-3 weeks... age is 32 and hard tummy?
My four month old baby has smelly black tarry stools. She has recently started formula fully. Very fussy and crying. Any ideas?
Bleeding: Black tarry stool indicates bleeding from the intestines. The most common cause of GI bleeding in babies is milk protein intolerance. Your 4 months old just started formula which contain cow milk protein that may be causing black tarry stool. Need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
Been stressed. No food for 7 days, and very minimal water sometimes none at all for the day Loss of10lbs. Today black tarry stool with a fowl smell.
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