Mallory Weiss Syndrome
- Prolonged vomiting
- Intense coughing
- Intense physical activities like seizures or childbirth
- Direct trauma to the area
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Seizure disorder
- Blood in vomit
- Vomit that looks like coffee ground
- Black, tarry stool
- Blood in the stool
- Dizziness or faintness
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Complete blood count
- Stool test—to check for blood in the stool
- Endoscopy—a thin, lighted tube is inserted down the throat to examine the digestive tract and collect tissue samples
- Nasogastric lavage—a tube placed through the nose and into the stomach removes contents to check for bleeding
- Angiography—an x-ray of the blood vessels, that may also be used as treatment
- Injecting chemicals into the bleeding site
- Using a heat probe, electric current, or laser to seal off the bleeding site
- Using a band or clip to close off blood vessels
- Avoid excess alcohol use
- Treat conditions that cause excessive coughing or vomiting
The American College of Gastroenterology http://www.acg.gi.org/
American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org/
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated May 19, 2011. Accessed July 13, 2012.
Bleeding in the digestive tract. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/bleeding/index.aspx. Accessed July 2012.
Mallory-Weiss Syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated May 28, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2012.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2013 -
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