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What Is The Best Treatment For Melena
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
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..See 1 more doctor answer
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 partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower in the GI tract.
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 your personal physician soon -- it's likely to be a bleeding ulcer. If your stools are merely black but well-formed, perhaps you've taken an iron pill or a bismuth tablet. How do you FEEL? Thanks for asking and hope this gets solved.
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.
See below: Melena is a descriptive term to describe black/tarry stools. Treatment for melena is dependent on the cause. Not sure why antibiotics were prescribed, but if you have questions, then asking them of the prescribing physician is appropriate.
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.
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 suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Stop any nsaid's you're taking & call your doctor right away 4 evaluation.
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 can tell you. A simple stool test for hidden blood (guiac or hemoccult) can differentiate it from other possible causes and lead to prompt evaluation if needed, or reassurance if not!
Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?
No: Melina is blood in the stool. It is determined by a test on the stool. Since the stool all goes through the same tube it would be positive through a sample.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.?
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