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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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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.?
Does melena/black stool take the shape of normal stool (sausage like)? I've read it's always a tarry "blob" like consistency.
See below: It can be either. If your having black tarry stools, you need to be seen soon. ...Read more
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Melena - black stools - can be caused by iron pills or pepto bismal and others. So, unless it is a continuing problem, don't worry.
However, upper intestinal bleeding does cause melena. Stomach ulcers, polyps, inflammation, and many other things can result in melena.
Do see a doctor. An upper GI series or an endoscopy can easily detect a problem - almost all are easily treated.
Peter wilk, md. ...Read more
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Very dark stool (probably melena) and oversensitive bladder (frequent urge) for more than a week now.
Not an issue for: This forum. Bleeding in the gastro-intestinal tract is a serious issue and needs to be investigated by a doctor, preferable an gastro-enterologist. ...Read more
I have had Melena for 4 days but has stopped. I have also had a fundoplication surgery 6 yrs ago but symtoms including regurgitation and reflux.
Good it stopped: But still you need to find out what caused that transient Gi bleeding, and its source to preventing future massive bleeding. Causes could be several including from plicated stomach. You must see your doctor for investigation. ...Read more
Are two different colored stools (yellowish and dark brown) normal? If bleeding is suspected, can there be partial melena and partial normal stool?
Sure...: 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
Ate 900ml of dark chocolate ice cream during the evening. Next day, stool was very, very dark. Almost black. Would this cause this or melena? Nervous.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Melena is a recurring issue and due to small amounts of bleeding in the GI tract, not just a one time deal. It is caused by the oxidation of the iron (which is present in our blood cells) by our digestive enzymes. Sometimes there is food coloring in ice cream, which can definitely color your stool. Just keep an eye on it for now. ...Read more
Anything besides melena cause maroon-to-black goop & dark bms? Two gis agree my pain etc is IBS and that bloody stools in past were hemorrhoids, but this week doc said I don't have hems anymore?
Likely melena: What you describe definitely sounds like melena. If so that means the blood is coming from the upper GI tract. That can be serious and should not be ignored. A stool test for blood will easily tell you the answer, and a complete blood count will give a good indication of how much blood has been lost. Get in to see a doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more
Iron: Iron, or multivitamins, or spinach or some other dark content. ...Read more