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Is tarry stools a sign of some disease?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Ibrahim ElGendy
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ALERT

Tarry stool is a symptom of bleeding in upper digestive system..
stomach etc. it is digested blood,if the blood is red it is bleeding in lower digestive system ,large intestine,see doctor as soon as possible to examine you and do endoscopy,might also be some additives in food you ate.

In brief: ALERT

Tarry stool is a symptom of bleeding in upper digestive system..
stomach etc. it is digested blood,if the blood is red it is bleeding in lower digestive system ,large intestine,see doctor as soon as possible to examine you and do endoscopy,might also be some additives in food you ate.
Dr. Ibrahim ElGendy
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