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A 37-year-old member asked:

My mother is 71 years old and suffered melena yesterday. treatment?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
She needs to be: seen promptly by a Gastroenterologist to determine the origin of the melena. Melena is dark black stool caused by a gi bleed interacting with acid from the stomach. As such the source of the bleed is usually the stomach or duodenum. Once the source is found then an appropriate treatment regimen can be instituted
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What to do if my mother is 71 years old and suffered melena yesterday?

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Dr. Peter Wilk
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Surgery - Colorectal 54 years experience
See a doctor: Melena - black stools - can be caused by iron pills or pepto bismal and others. So, unless it is a continuing problem, don't worry. However, upper intestinal bleeding does cause melena. Stomach ulcers, polyps, inflammation, and many other things can result in melena. Do see a doctor. An upper GI series or an endoscopy can easily detect a problem - almost all are easily treated. Peter wilk, md.
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Last updated May 11, 2019

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