Black (Tar) Colored Stools, Change In Stools And Pain Or Discomfort

Reviewed on 6/15/2020

This is called melena and is associated with upper GI bleeding, so consider peptic ulcer disease, esophageal varices, mallory weiss tear, foreign object ingestion, esophagitis, gastritis, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, and even nose bleeds if brisk and you swallow the blood. Increased risk if taking a lot of NSAIDs. Call your doctor.

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