melaena


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Related to melaena: hematochezia

me·le·na

(mĕ-lē'nă)
Passage of tarry stools, due to the presence of blood altered by the intestinal juices.
Compare: hematochezia
Synonym(s): melaena.
[G. melaina, fem. of melas, black]

melaena

Blackening of the stools by altered blood that has been released into the bowel from bleeding in the OESOPHAGUS, STOMACH, or DUODENUM. Melaena implies loss of at least 60 ml of blood and is an important warning sign that should never be ignored.

me·le·na

(mĕ-lē'nă)
Passage of dark-colored, tarry stools, due to presence of blood altered by intestinal juices. Cf. hematochezia.
[G. melaina, fem. of melas, black]

melena, melaena

darkening of the feces by blood pigments. Typically the feces have a black color with a red tinge at the edges and are soft and almost slimy.
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After taking thirty capsules of miltefosine 50 mg evening and morning she developed melaena.
Anamorfo: Physopella melaena Cummins & Ramachar, Mycologia 50: 743, 1958.
He had a bright red melaena stool and right iliac abdominal pain.
1995, 1999), and long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melaena (melas) (Medway and Moldovan, 1966), while directed efforts to capture and release bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, have resulted in a robust data series for that species (Asper et al.
3] even in presence of melaena and cutaneous bleed were clinically monitored without transfusion.
Anaemic patients also more commonly reported pica, melaena and palpitations, but this was not statistically significant (Table III).
Present History--Jaundice, pain abdomen, abdominal distention, bilateral pedal oedema, melaena, haematemesis, fever, altered sensorium and easy fatigability.
5% of cases, (4) or ongoing haematemesis and melaena indicating slow intermittent blood loss.
There were no features of haematemesis, melaena, and altered bladder movement.
A positive tourniquet test petechiae, ecchymoses or purpura bleeding from the mucosa, gastrointestinal tract, injection sites or haematemesis or melaena.
CASE REPORT: 32 year old male presented to our general surgery department with abdominal pain, melaena and vomiting for 1 week.
Although he got six units of blood transfusion within past 3 months but there was no history of haematemesis, melaena or any other bleeding manifestations.