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Can You Die From A Bleeding Ulcer
Not common, but yes: If a stomach or duodenal ulcer has eroded into an artery,it is possible to have severe bleeding that can kill.It is also possible to have slow bleeding that does not kill.Other complications of ulcers include perforation(a hole through the stomach or duodenum),which can also kill.Ulcers are easier to treat now we have a better understanding of them,& treatment can prevent complications like these. ...Read more
Also known as an internal hemorrhage, internal bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs inside the body that is not seen from the outside. This happens when there is damage to an artery or vein from trauma, an injury to the spleen, a ruptured aneurysm, or erosion into an artery or vein from cancer or gastric ulcer. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency ...Read more
It depends: Bledding ulcers are not as common as they were 30 years ago due to the availability h-2 blockers (eg, tagamet, (cimetidine) xantac) and ppi's(prilosec) over the counter now. Bleeding ulcers are more commonly occurring from either acid imbalance or bacterial overgrowth(h-pylori). The vast majority can be treated with ppi's and antibiotics. Some may require endoscopic treatments. If bleeding is severe, surgery rar. ...Read more
Yes but rarely: It is unusual for a bleeding ulcer to be fatal today. We have many ways of controlling the problem today. It occurs singly in the string of other severe prelims such as liver or renal failure or someone who has a clotting problem that is genetic or drug induced. ...Read more
Treatment: I am assuming that you have had proper medical evaluation with a doctor and an upper endoscopy to diagnose a bleeding ulcer. Biopsies are taken to ensure it is benign & to look for h. Pylori. Medications like h2 blockers, antacids, sucralafate & antibiotics if + h. Pylori. Endoscopy can treat the bleeding, emergency surgery if the bleeding does not stop. ...Read more
Yes: Fortunately it is rare that a bleeding ulcer is fatal, but certain circumstances like if the patient is taking blood thinners, or has liver problems, like cirrhosis, or is far away from medical care, could cause a bleeding ulcer to be fatal. Almost always, bleeding ulcers can be treated successfully by gastroenterologists doing a scope. ...Read more
Bleeding ulcer: Bleeding ulcers require treatment in order to stop the bleeding. The rate of bleeding determines how long some one can weight to be treated. If you are actively bleeding and have blood in your stool you will need immediate treatment. A small ulcer that is only oozing occasionally still requires treatment. Today ulcers can be treated better than ever so don't wait, be well and heal. ...Read more
Bad things: Bleeding ulcer? This is not something to leave to chance. I am assuming you are talking about a stomach ulcer that is bleeding. To me this implies that you had an ulcer that eroded into a vessel and that vessel is now bleeding. You should seem medical attention. Ominous signs would be light headedness when standing, black tarry stools, feeling weak and tired all the time. ...Read more
No actual diet: I recommend my patients, who are dealing with ulcers, try to keep some food in their stomach, even a snack before going to bed. There's no foods that have to be avoided, except those that are personally irritating. So, super spicy foods or snacks should probably be left alone. and, avoid tobacco and alcohol while healing. Just graze all day, and take your medications as directed. Good luck. ...Read more
Not a good idea.: Ulcers that bleed have eroded into a blood vessel. Small blood vessel may spontaneously stop bleeding, while larger ones may require endoscopy or surgery. Even when the bleeding stops by itself, the ulcer should be treated to prevent further bleeding or perforation. Medications can be very effective. The first step is to contact your doctor or a gastroenterologist for a history, physical and test. ...Read more
I had a bleeding ulcer a few months ago that stopped on its own. What are the chances it will bleed again?
Not enough info: to provide a responsible answer. Have you consulted with your doctor about this? Take care. ...Read more
If I had a bleeding ulcer would it be constantly hurting? What kinds of symptoms would it produce if it was bleeding?
Not necessarily...: Ulcers, or gastritis without ulcer, can cause pain, or bleeding, or both. The pain can be quite severe without bleeding. On the other hand, bleeding can be severe and even fatal with no pain. Bleeding would result in nausea, vomiting of blood or digested blood looking like coffee grounds. Also, blood can appear in the stool, or the stools can be tarry black. ...Read more
See a doctor: I do not know how you would know if you have a bleeding ulcer. Have you seem a doctor or had endoscopy for this diagnosis? Bleeding from ulcers of the stomach can range widely, from minor to severe. Usually medical treatment to lower the stomach acid, and antibiotic treatment if a biopsy or breath test shows h. Pylori is present is a starting point. ...Read more
The opposite: Reticulocytosis by definition means increase number of red cells, most of the time because of anemia. Bleeding ulcer can cause anemia, then your retic count will be higher than normal. You should be treated for the ulcer to stop the bleeding. Contact your doctor immediately so you can be treated right away. ...Read more
Depends: Many times surgery for a bleeding ulcer is being done as an emergency surgery. Depending on how much surgery is needed, ulcer repair or resection of the bleeding part, the operation can be 1 to 2 hours or longer. ...Read more
Not recommended: This is not recommended. At all!Get a more detailed answer ›
Erythropoiesis: Any form of blood loss will cause your body to work to create more blood cells to replenish the loss. This process is called erythropoiesis. If the bleeding is significant enough or has been going on long enough, it is possible to become iron deficient. Iron deficiency is commonly caused by using up iron stores for red blood cell production but can also be caused by nutritional deficiency. ...Read more
Don't do it. : It will slow the healing and could possibly cause the bleeding to start back up again. ...Read more
My boyfriend 3years ago had a bleeding ulcer and he just informed me that he has been bleeding every time he goes to the bathroom what should he do?
My mom has had a bleeding ulcer 2 months now, and changed nothing about her health & diet and refuses to get the proper meds. Is she doomed?
She could get very: sick,very fast.See if her doctor will talk to you about this.Good luck. ...Read more
I heard about the side effects of prolonged use of PIP's & was wondering if H2 blockers r any better 4 someone who had bleeding ulcer thats inactive?
Better tolerated: H2 blockers don't seem to have the same degree of effects like increased risk of osteoporosis, hypomagnesemia(low magnesium) and pneumonia as do PPI's. Remember, they both lead to lower levels of acid secretion, so you still have to have some concern of similar affects in the long run. ...Read more
I believe i developed a bleeding ulcer 2 days ago also believe the bleeding has stopped.What can I do to help the pain as it heals and promote healing?
A bleeding ulcer is : A potentially life threatening condition and one should be under the care of a physician. ...Read more
I had bleeding ulcer 18 years ago. For 3 weeks, I have severe heartburn, level 10. The pain is really bad. Do I have another possible ulcer?
Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more