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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Melena (Overview)

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 in the GI tract.


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Does menstrual periods cause melena?

Does menstrual periods cause melena?

Menstrual blood : Can be black (deoxygenated) when old. But melena is when black, tarry, malodorous stool comes from the rectum. If you have rectal bleeding please be assessed. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
319 doctors shared insights

Melena (Overview)

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 in the GI tract.


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If someone has melena, can he wait to see if it stops by the next day, or does he have to go to the e.R.?

If someone has melena, can he wait to see if it stops by the next day, or does he have to go to the e.R.?

ER: Black stools can be from taking iron, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or intestinal bleeding. It may be serious if not from ingested medicines.Consultation with a physician and subsequent tests are needed. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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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

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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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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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What is melena, and how do you prevent it?

A serious finding: Melena is blood that originates in the stomach or first part of your intestine and changes to a black, tar-like substance as it is passed as stool. It means you are bleeding and should seek the care of a doctor immediately. One prevents it by preventing the causes of bleeding in the stomach, namely ulcers or gastritis. ...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

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