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How to tell if i have melena

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 34 years experience
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
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
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeremy Adler
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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
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
ER: Black stools can be from taking iron, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or intestinal bleeding. It may be serious if not from ingested medicines.Co... Read More

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