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Black stools: Causes of tarry stools

  1. Blood in the stool may come from all areas of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. Black or tarry stool with a foul odor (melena) is a sign of a problem or bleeding in the upper digestive tract. Usually, a stomach ulcer is at the root of melena, but other conditions are also linked to the black poo. In addition, some environmental factors such as iron supplements and certain foods have been linked to tar-like bowel movements.

Risk factors and bowel movements that are black in color

  1. Diseases

Diagnosis and investigations

  1. Interview and physical examination

Treatment of tarry stools

  1. If the stool is black or tarry in color and this may be due to nutrition, then it does not require treatment. The doctor may prescribe other medications when the black stool color is the result of medication use. Furthermore, the doctor treats the underlying cause of the tarry poo. Severe bleeding causing excessive blood loss and a drop in blood pressure requires surgery or hospitalization.

  2. If the stool is black or tarry in color and this may be due to nutrition, it does not require treatment. The doctor may prescribe other medications when the black stool color is due to medication use. Furthermore, the doctor treats the underlying cause of the tarry poo. Severe bleeding causing excessive blood loss and a drop in blood pressure requires surgery or hospitalization.



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