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Melena: Introduction

Melena: Black, tarry stools with an offensive odour caused by an upper gastrointestinal bleed. See detailed information below for a list of 103 causes of Melena, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Melena:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Melena. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Melena: Symptom Checker

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Melena Treatments

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Stories from Users for Melena

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Medications or substances causing Melena:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Melena as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Melena: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Melena

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Melena: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Melena

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, more »

Melena: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Melena: Related Rare Diseases

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Melena: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Melena listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Melena as a symptom include:

Definitions of Melena:

Bleeding in any segment of the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT from ESOPHAGUS to RECTUM.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Detailed list of causes of Melena

The list below shows some of the causes of Melena mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Melena?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Melena. Of the 103 causes of Melena that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 9 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 91 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Melena:

The following list of conditions have 'Melena' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Melena Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Melena based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

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    What are the alternative names for Melena:

    PR bleeding, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Anal haemorrhage, BRBPR, Bleeding per rectum, Blood in faeces, Blood loss from GI tract, Bloody stool, GI bleeding, Gastrointestinal haemorrhage, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Hematochezia, Melaena
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Melena:

    Medical Conditions associated with Melena:

    Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes)

    Symptoms related to Melena:

    Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Stool odor (69 causes), Stool color changes (387 causes), Upper gastrointestinal tract obstruction, Black tarry stools (2 causes), Iron deficiency anemia, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Peptic ulcer, Warfarin overdose

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