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What is melena?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Melena

Is tarry black stool as a result of gastric bleeding and exposure of the blood to gastric acids.
This should not be ignored!

In brief: Melena

Is tarry black stool as a result of gastric bleeding and exposure of the blood to gastric acids.
This should not be ignored!
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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