Fatty liver: 'Melena' stools could be hinting at a significant fatty build-up in the liver


This can do progressive damage to your liver, eventually resulting in scarring of the tissues – known as cirrhosis.

Having high levels of fat in your liver is also associated with a higher risk of problems like diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, so action should be taken as soon as symptoms like melena emerge.

Melena is typically a reflection of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

When bleeding originates from this area of the body it can cause stool to turn black and tarry, and smell foul.

READ MORE: Swollen tummy could signal fatty liver disease


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