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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. Gregory Moneta
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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'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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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 is the definition or description of: melena?

What is the definition or description of: melena?

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. ...Read more

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What happens if I do got melena and don't do anything does it heal on its own?

What happens if I do got melena and don't do anything does it heal on its own?

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. ...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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Why antibiotic is indicated in melena?

Why antibiotic is indicated in melena?

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. ...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

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What are the symptoms of melena?

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 gastroenterologist. ...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