Black stools, Blood in stool: 11 Possible Causes
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What causes black stools and blood in stool? 11 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are painful sores in the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem.

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2

Colonic (Colorectal) Polyps

Colonic polyps are growths that appear on the surface of the colon. Learn about colonic polyp symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

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3

Stomach Ulcer

Stomach ulcers are painful sores in the stomach lining or small intestine. They occur when the mucus that protects the stomach from digestive juices is reduced.

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4

Bleeding Esophageal Varices

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Find information on bleeding esophageal varices symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment, and prevention.

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5

Colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the colon. Read about the different types and associated symptoms.

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6

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the rectum or colon, located in the lower portion of the digestive system.

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7

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Necrotizing enterocolitis occurs when the intestinal tissue becomes damaged and dies. Learn about its symptoms, causes, and how it's diagnosed.

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8

Gastritis

Weakness in your stomach lining allows digestive juices to damage and inflame it, causing gastritis. It comes in both acute and chronic forms.

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9

Diverticulitis

Diverticula are bulging sacs that can appear in the lining of your large intestine. Diverticulitis occurs when these sacs get acutely infected or inflamed.

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10

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Damage to the liver from excessive drinking can lead to ALD. Years of alcohol abuse cause the liver to become inflamed and swollen. This damage can also cause scarring known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the final stage o...

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11

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic bowel disease that causes severe inflammation of the digestive tract. It is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea, and may affect your quality of life. Crohn's disease is characterized b...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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