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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Define melena: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not me ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Stool test 4 blood: Melena is commonly used to refer to old blood in the stool, giving it a characteristic blackish color and noticeable smell, as any nurse/med student c ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends on type: Some metastatic cancers, like breast cancer, can be treated over 5+ years. Others, like lung, are more rapid. From what you describe, this is metasta ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Blood in stool: Melena is dark, tarry, bowel movement with a characteristic odor that comes about from digested blood in the stool. Classically considered a sign of a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience Family Medicine
Blood in stool: Melena means dark blood in the stool, usually coming from before the large intestine. Hematochezia is bright red blood in the stool, usually coming f ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
First need: To confirm this is true melena, then a full GI workup will identify the source and allow a treatment plan to be offered to "cure" the melena. See a GI ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Melena : Is a symptom or sign of GI bleeding usually from the upper intestinal area, usually the stomach. It is not normal and needs prompt evaluation by a gas ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeremy Adler
26 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Blood in stool: Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
This is serious, Ray: If you're having black, tarry stools, get to the emergency room NOW. If your stools are merely a little bit black and a little bit loose, get with yo ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
NOT good if melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
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