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:

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

  • Dizziness

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Palpitations

  • 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

  • Severe diarrhea

  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

  • Weakness (loss of strength)

INTRODUCTION

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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CAUSES

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

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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