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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

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I think I do have melena please help me what do I do it have all the symptoms?

I think I do have melena please help me what do I do it have all the symptoms?

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.

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Difference between melena, hematochezia and dtsentery?

Difference between melena, hematochezia and dtsentery?

Bowel issues: Melena is black, tarry, stool with digested blood in it. Hematochezia is bright red blood per rectum and dysentery is diarrhea-usually caused from a bacteria.

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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.

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How can I tell if I have melena (blood in my intestines)?

How can I tell if I have melena (blood in my intestines)?

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!

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Should a person fast after melena (due to corticosteroids) to let the upper GI tract heal?

Please talk to MD: Melena is a sign of internal bleeding and needs to be evaluated by your doctor or in the er immediately.

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Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.?

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.

Dr. Philip Ewing
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