from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- n. A passage of dark, tarry stools containing blood, as the result of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See melæna.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abnormally dark tarry feces containing blood (usually from gastrointestinal bleeding)
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