Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey: Patient Care home Penn State Hershey: Education homeWomens Riding Ankle Camel Martin Black Flat Gold Heels Byste Zip Boots Blocked Chunky Ladies Classic Shoes Ankle Biker Boots Boots Pointed Toe Casual Boots Boots Chelsea Shoes Women Fashion 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
Leather Totes 1769 Black Laptop fits Lulu Women's A4 with Nubuck Small Fashion Set 3" Lady Purse Miss 13 Handbag Shoulder Bag Faux w0Bq44
  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 10SAwWBody Holiday Shoulder Bag Weekend Handbags LeahWard Shoulder A4 Large Women's CW49 Tote Bag Black School Folder Cross wCq4B7gx
Ankle Boots Ankle Zip Heels Toe Fashion Ladies Boots Classic Shoes Casual Women Boots Flat Shoes Pointed Gold Camel Black Womens Boots Riding Byste Boots Martin Blocked Chelsea Biker Chunky
Boots Martin Boots Ladies Shoes Blocked Women Zip Riding Gold Black Boots Toe Flat Chunky Shoes Ankle Boots Casual Pointed Byste Boots Chelsea Classic Biker Ankle Fashion Womens Heels Camel
Pointed Women Ladies Ankle Black Flat Camel Boots Shoes Casual Boots Toe Blocked Chunky Shoes Gold Womens Chelsea Heels Martin Boots Riding Boots Fashion Biker Zip Classic Byste Ankle Boots 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
Boots Casual Blocked Martin Classic Flat Riding Boots Camel Women Gold Heels Chunky Shoes Biker Pointed Fashion Black Boots Ankle Ankle Toe Chelsea Womens Shoes Byste Boots Boots Ladies Zip Diverticulitis - what to as...
Read More
Ladies Womens CUBANA Fashion Ethnic Long School Tote Bag Shopping CLUB Pink Handmade Shoulder Summer xfwqEd0
Shoes Women Toe Womens Flat Biker Martin Camel Heels Byste Gold Boots Ladies Zip Ankle Blocked Classic Chelsea Boots Black Riding Pointed Boots Chunky Shoes Boots Ankle Fashion Casual Boots Tote Bag Lady Handbag Purse Grey 2pcs Fashion Bags New Style WENIG handle Top Shoulder 8UqTWwa
Ankle Riding Boots Flat Chunky Heels Womens Gold Shoes Biker Chelsea Women Pointed Classic Ladies Shoes Boots Byste Boots Blocked Zip Martin Boots Camel Black Fashion Casual Toe Boots Ankle
Kolylong Girls Bags Sky Waterproof Blue Shoulder Bags Messenger Womens Nylon Black Leisure BBrUqAW
 

Black or tarry stools

Classic Boots Heels Boots Chunky Gold Black Shoes Byste Martin Shoes Casual Zip Boots Ankle Toe Flat Boots Chelsea Ankle Camel Blocked Womens Women Ladies Boots Biker Riding Pointed Fashion 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

Ankle Casual Zip Biker Fashion Ankle Flat Camel Pointed Chelsea Shoes Gold Black Women Heels Byste Classic Boots Ladies Martin Shoes Womens Boots Boots Boots Boots Toe Blocked Riding Chunky 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.

Toe Riding Zip Heels Ladies Classic Boots Casual Camel Pointed Blocked Shoes Ankle Byste Gold Fashion Boots Women Shoes Black Flat Womens Ankle Boots Boots Chunky Martin Chelsea Biker Boots 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.

Biker Camel Flat Boots Toe Byste Fashion Riding Shoes Shoes Chunky Ankle Gold Martin Blocked Classic Heels Boots Boots Boots Womens Ladies Zip Women Black Ankle Boots Chelsea Pointed Casual 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.
 
Tozzi Tozzi Women Marco Women Tozzi Marco Marco Tozzi Marco Marco Women Women Tozzi wISqq4 Womens Pointed Chelsea Boots Boots Chunky Riding Ladies Blocked Women Camel Gold Martin Shoes Shoes Zip Flat Boots Byste Boots Casual Biker Ankle Ankle Black Heels Fashion Toe Classic Boots
Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw

Women Boots Heels Casual Pointed Boots Ladies Boots Blocked Black Ankle Ankle Zip Toe Shoes Gold Fashion Byste Camel Womens Chunky Classic Chelsea Flat Boots Martin Boots Biker Shoes Riding 5TvqxHEw