American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A condition marked by black, tarry stool or vomit composed largely of blood that has been acted on by gastric juices, resulting from a hemorrhage along the digestive tract.
- n. A passage of dark, tarry stools containing blood, as the result of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) See melæna.
- n. abnormally dark tarry feces containing blood (usually from gastrointestinal bleeding)
- New Latin melēna, from Greek melaina, feminine of melās, black. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I call up the GI doc at 2AM for an uninsured encephalopathic liver failure patient with melena, and I'm going to get an earful. 100% of the time.”
“There was no nausea, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss, black/tarry stools, melena or bright red rectal bleeding.”
“If needed: diazepam (PO): 15 mg/d divided in 3 doses for a brief period (5-10 days) - If severe pain continues, exclude perforation: examine abdomen for peritonism, PR exam for rectal blood (melena on glove), keep under observation, surgical referral if necessary.”
“The resin of the trunk is a useful application to ulcers and in India they give it internally to cure la melena, the dose, one "tola" mixed with the same amount of _manga_ resin and a little lime water.”
“Indeed, peptic ulcers are the most common cause of acute upper Gastro Intestinal bleeding which may manifest as blood in vomiting (haemetemesis) or dark-tarry stool (melena).”
“Complications after RFA included melena (dark tarry stool) and difficulty swallowing.”
“Have you experienced any signs of bleeding (including hematochezia, melena or hematemesis)?”
“• Rectal exam may show melena / guaiac+ stool from occult blood loss • Signs of peritonitis with perforation”
“Signs and Symptoms of PUD • Epigastric pain is most common symptom • Pain described as gnawing or burning • May radiate to the back (consider penetration) • Occurs 1-3 hours after meals or at night • Relieved by food, antacids (duodenal), or vomiting (gastric) • Dyspepsia including belching / bloating • Hematemesis or melena with GI bleeding”
“Tarry stools (melena) (more likely related to upper gastrointestinal eg stomach or duodenal disease) * Feeling of incomplete defecation (tenesmus) (usually associated with”
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