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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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Dr. Mark Pack
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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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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?

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

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I have tarry black stools which looked like clotted blood. Can celiac disease be a cause?

I have tarry black stools which looked like clotted blood. Can celiac disease be a cause?

No: This is not a typical symptom of celiac disease. More common would be diarrhea, loose, watery stools, and failure to gain weight. Tarry stools is a symptom of intestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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Is tarred, black stools what happens with celiac disease?

Is tarred, black stools what happens with celiac disease?

Unusual: This often means bleeding in the intestines. See a doctor immediately. ...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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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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