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

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

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 ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Melena (Definition)

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 partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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What exactly does having black stool signify and what can be done to remedy it?

What exactly does having black stool signify and what can be done to remedy it?

See your doctor: Black tarry stools are an indication of bleeding in the GI tract. Taking iron may impart a black color to the stools. If you have any doubt see your doctor for a proper evaluation to rule out GI bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

What's the best treatment to get rid of black stools?

Determine cause: Black stools could be due to iron supplements, bismuth antidiarrheal agent (e.g. Pepto bismol), or bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract or sometimes right side of the colon. Bleeding can cause black, sticky, smelly bowel movements. If not taking iron or busmuth, or it continues after stopping, it really is necessary to get seen and be sure there is not a serious but treatable cause.. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for black stool?

Are there any good home remedies for black stool?

Depends: Why is your stool black. If it is tarry black, see your doctor asap as it is a sign of bleeding in the intestine. ...Read more

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What is melena?

What is melena?

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 an "upper GI bleed, " (a bleeding ulcer or other bleeding from the mouth, esophagus, stomach, or duodenum), it can occur also from bleeding from the small intestine or even the right side of the colon. It always warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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What is melena?

What is melena?

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 from somewhere lower in the GI tract. Either should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How melena can be cure?

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 doctor for your work up. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have melena?

How to tell if I have melena?

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 melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet & stool additives. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Ewing
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Bloody Stool (Definition)

Blood in the stool during infancy can be caused by a variety of problems, such as swallowed maternal blood during childbirth, or problems ...Read more