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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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Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed...read 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" bacteria...read 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"...read 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 illness...read more »
Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal...read 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, ...read more »
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causes of Melena as a symptom include:
Bleeding in any segment of the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT from ESOPHAGUS to RECTUM.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
The list below shows some of the causes of Melena mentioned in various sources:
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This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Melena based
on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
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)
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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