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Question: black diarrhea three weeks post lap chole

 mattsmom - Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:07 pm

My 22 yr old son had a lap chole three weeks ago. About 2 days ago he started to have heartburn, yesterday and today having stabbing, brief epigastric and ruq pain and one episode black diarrhea. Could this go away on its own or is it a sign of serious trouble?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:58 am

User avatar Hi,
It would have been very useful if you have given us the
- indication for the lap chole,
- information as to whether any concomitant procedure was done(ex; endoscopic sphicterotomy, CBD exploration etc) &
- details of the on-going drug therapy(if any).

As he had but a single episode of suspected melena (3 weeks following surgery), it is probable that he had an episode of acute gastritis or stress ulcers.Your regular doctor should be consulted and advice sought.

However, if the heartburn should continue, or the malena re-appears, he will need further tests including an upper GI endoscopy.
Best wishes!


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