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I am so confused about how bloody tarry stool looks like...compared to black stool. Aren't they the same thing?

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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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Bloody tarry vomit and stool. No pain experienced. ?

Bloody tarry vomit and stool. No pain experienced. ?

Go to ER now!: Blood in stool or vomit is an emergency. Go to the ER right now! Don't drive. If no one can take you now, or if you are dizzy or feel weak, call 911. ...Read more

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What do tarry stools mean?

What do tarry stools mean?

Bleeding in GI tract: Black tarry stools are due to bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract and if you had black tarry stools, please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What causes dark, tarry stools?

What causes  dark, tarry stools?

Depends: But most concerning would be a source of bleeding from your upper intestinal tract. Black tarry stools called melena are caused by bleeding from the upper tract that has been exposed to the acid from your stomach. This needs to be evaluated and treated promptly. ...Read more

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Is tarry stools a sign of some disease?

Is tarry stools a sign of some disease?

Melenic stool: Dark-colored stools may result from foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggest bleeding. When blood is denatured by the acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, your stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums, etc. But persistent melena is a "red flag" warning for which you need fast medical care. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have tarry stools?

Blood or meds: Blood from high up in your digestive tract can cause black tarry sticky stools. This blood could come from swallowed blood from a nosebleed, an ulcer or other stomach problems, or bleeding in the intestine. The digestive chemicals turn the blood black and sticky and tarry. Alternatively, certain medicines like pepto-bismol can also turn your stools black and tarry. See your physician. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have black tarry stools?

What do I do  if I have black tarry stools?

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

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I have black tarry stools after a night of partying?

I have black tarry stools after a night of partying?

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

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