What other symptoms might occur with black stool?
Black stool may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that may accompany black stool include:
Abdominal pain or cramping
Abdominal swelling or bloated feeling
Change in bowel habits
Nausea and vomiting
Rectal pain or burning sensation
Unexpected weight loss
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, black stool can indicate a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:
Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
Rigid, board-like abdomen
Severe abdominal pain
Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)
Weakness (loss of strength)
What is black stool?
Black stool is a condition in which the feces are very dark or black in color. Black stool may be normal in some cases and caused by ingesting certain substances or medications, such as iron supplements. However, black stool can also be caused by a serious condition, such as bleeding in the digestive tract caused by a peptic ulcer.
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What causes black stool?
Black stool can be a symptom of a variety of diseases, disorders or conditions, including infection, inflammation, trauma and malignancy. Common causes include stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer) and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract from the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofe... Read more about black stoolcauses