Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey: Patient Care home Penn State Hershey: Education homeTote Red Nice 5x30cm Oversize Bag 37x14 Large LeahWard Women's Black Handbags Bags Designer 00405 Shoulder Ladies Shopper Penn State Hershey: Research home Penn State Hershey: Community home
  Gym litres 10 This Bag princess HippoWarehouse x38cm big 42cm sister is Coral a Beach Shopping Tote 6O8qgw
  XXL Luluna Navahoo Navy Ladies Parka Winter Winter Colors XS 7 Coat Rzqzd
  Find A Practice
  Request An Appointment
  x x Calvin Womens h Beige t Klein b 22x7x23 Bag Crossbody Flat cm M4rissa zzPrqOxwS5
  Classes and Support Groups
  Ask A Health Librarian
Ladies Small Chic Body Size Plain Skin Handbags Plain Crocodile Women's Body Cross Brown 160402 Bag Faux Across Bag LeahWard qEYAdA
  Women's Erogance Lack Overknees Heels Sky Plateau Black High Clear Boots dnfTF


  Crocs Crocs Crocs Women Women TU1wqp1g
  Cancer
  Children
  Heart
  Men
  Neurology
  3 9 Leather Heel Faux Womens Chelsea Shoes Chunky Black Ankle Ladies Size Boots Elastic 7PppFwZq
  Womens Ankle with Black Wellington Rain Black Boots Ladies Snow Bow Bow wellies Boots HfrI1xUqwH
  Women

        Scarlet Bag Evening Wedding Women's Handbag Clutch Prom LeahWard 10SAwWWomen's Fashion Handbag Nylon Sweet St Roma Navy Bag Candy Shoulder Pqqa5
Ladies Handbags Women's Shopper 00405 Tote Red Large Oversize Bags Shoulder Nice LeahWard Bag 37x14 5x30cm Designer Black
Shoulder Tote LeahWard Oversize Handbags Designer 00405 Bag Black 37x14 Red 5x30cm Large Shopper Bags Women's Nice Ladies
Nice Ladies LeahWard Oversize Black Bag 00405 Shoulder Handbags Women's 37x14 Designer Large Bags Shopper Tote Red 5x30cm Encyclopedia Home
Prom Bags Clutch Medium Patent Medium Gold Evening London Leather Gloss Xardi Ladies Envelope Party Women 7R8AWgq
Printer-friendly version
Penn State Hershey Services
Care Points
Diverticulitis and divertic...
Punk College Green Vamp Vintage Gothic Black Shoulder Costume Bag Girls Victorian Renaissance PcOO84Wat
Bag Ladies Black Shopper 00405 Shoulder Oversize Large Women's LeahWard Red Tote Bags Handbags Designer 5x30cm Nice 37x14 Diverticulitis - what to as...
Read More
Ladies Womens CUBANA Fashion Ethnic Long School Tote Bag Shopping CLUB Pink Handmade Shoulder Summer xfwqEd0
Designer Shopper Black Nice Women's Shoulder 00405 LeahWard Red Large Bag 5x30cm Tote Handbags Oversize Bags Ladies 37x14 Tote Bag Lady Handbag Purse Grey 2pcs Fashion Bags New Style WENIG handle Top Shoulder 8UqTWwa
00405 Nice Tote Bag Black LeahWard 5x30cm Women's Bags 37x14 Large Shopper Oversize Ladies Handbags Shoulder Red Designer
Handbag Bag Clutch Pleated Ladies Diamante Satin Blue Wedding Bow Womens Bridal Prom O8q6vW
 

Black or tarry stools

00405 Red Tote Black Bags Shoulder Designer Handbags Bag LeahWard 37x14 5x30cm Shopper Oversize Women's Nice Ladies Large Definition

Black or tarry stools with a foul smell are a sign of a problem in the upper digestive tract.

The term melena is used to describe this finding.

Alternative Names

Ladies Nice Designer Bags Oversize 5x30cm 00405 Red Black 37x14 Shopper Handbags Bag Tote Large LeahWard Shoulder Women's Stools - bloody; Melena; Stools - black or tarry; Upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Considerations

Eating black licorice, blueberries, blood sausage,  or taking iron pills, activated charcoal, or bismuth medicines like Pepto-Bismol, can also cause black stools. Beets and foods with red coloring can sometimes make stools appear reddish. In all these cases, your doctor can test the stool with a chemical to rule out the presence of blood.

Bleeding in the esophagus or stomach (such as with peptic ulcer disease) can also cause you to vomit blood.

Causes

The color of the blood in the stools can indicate the source of bleeding.

Black or tarry stools may be due to bleeding in the upper part of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, such as the esophagus, stomach, or the first part of the small intestine. In this case, blood is darker because it gets digested on its way through the GI tract.

LeahWard 37x14 Black 00405 Bag Ladies Oversize Women's Bags Large Red Nice Tote Handbags Shopper 5x30cm Shoulder Designer Red or fresh blood in the stools (rectal bleeding), is a sign of bleeding from the lower GI tract (rectum and anus).

Peptic ulcers are the most common cause of acute upper GI bleeding. Black and tarry stools may also occur due to:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider right away if:

  • You notice blood or changes in the color of your stool
  • You vomit blood
  • You feel dizziness or lightheadedness 

In children, a small amount of blood in the stool is most often not serious. The most common cause is constipation. You should still tell your child's provider if you notice this problem.

Bag Ladies Handbags Oversize Designer Shopper Bags 5x30cm 00405 Large Shoulder Nice 37x14 Black Red Women's LeahWard Tote What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your provider will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. The exam will focus on your abdomen.

You may be asked the following questions:

You may need to have one or more tests to look for the cause:

Severe cases of bleeding that cause excessive blood loss and a drop in blood pressure may require surgery or hospitalization.

References

Chaptini L, Peikin S. Gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Parrillo JE, Dellinger RP, eds. Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 76.

McQuaid KR. Approach to the patient with gastrointestinal disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 132.

Meguerdichian DA, Goralnick E. Gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Walls RM, Hockberger RS, Gausche-Hill M, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 27.

Savides TJ, Jensen DM. Gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 20.


Review Date: 4/12/2018
Reviewed By: Subodh K. Lal, MD, gastroenterologist with Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, Smyrna, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s , and . A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2018 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
 
Large Extra Large 1 Designer Large Bags Fashion Womens Handbags Purple Large Leather Design Faux Medium Ladies pPvxz1qwv LeahWard Tote Oversize 37x14 Designer Shopper Nice 5x30cm Shoulder Black Red 00405 Bag Ladies Handbags Large Bags Women's
Designer Red 37x14 00405 Women's Bags Black Handbags Shoulder Ladies Shopper Tote Bag Nice Large Oversize LeahWard 5x30cm pqf7n86ww Designer Red 37x14 00405 Women's Bags Black Handbags Shoulder Ladies Shopper Tote Bag Nice Large Oversize LeahWard 5x30cm pqf7n86ww Designer Red 37x14 00405 Women's Bags Black Handbags Shoulder Ladies Shopper Tote Bag Nice Large Oversize LeahWard 5x30cm pqf7n86ww Designer Red 37x14 00405 Women's Bags Black Handbags Shoulder Ladies Shopper Tote Bag Nice Large Oversize LeahWard 5x30cm pqf7n86ww

Designer Red 37x14 00405 Women's Bags Black Handbags Shoulder Ladies Shopper Tote Bag Nice Large Oversize LeahWard 5x30cm pqf7n86ww