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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more


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What does blood in vomit look like? Is it dark brown or more red?

What does blood in vomit look like? Is it dark brown or more red?

Important question.: If you vomit blood, it can actually look just like coffee grounds. Of course, it can look like bright red blood - particularly if bleeding is heavy or rapid. Blood that works its way through the whole GI tract can look like tar: shiny black tar. Having said all this, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor if you are having these symptoms. Seek urgent help if you feel you are in danger. ...Read more

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Is normal for there to be specs of blood in vomit immediately after appendectomy? Son began to vomit dark green liquid, still vomiting but normal now?

Is normal for there to be specs of blood in vomit immediately after appendectomy? Son began to vomit dark green liquid, still vomiting but normal now?

Possibly, get check: This is not common to cough blood from appendectomy, but it may be unrelated to the surgery. Could be from the nose or throat irritation from intubation; also rare. Nevertheless, call your surgeon and be safe. ...Read more

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Friend has diverticulitis. Dark bruise appeared at her hip area, rt side. Sign of internal rupture? No blood in vomit. She has nausea & dizziness.

Friend has diverticulitis. Dark bruise appeared at her hip area, rt side.  Sign of internal rupture? No blood in vomit. She has nausea & dizziness.

No sign of rupture: If diverticulitis ruptures, it is typically associated with either local or diffuse abdominal pain, worse when you press on the abdomen, but not bruising. Sounds like a trip to her doctors treating the diverticulitis is in order or a more complete evaluation. If not being treated, head to primary care or urgent care. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had stomach pain upper epagastric area i found a lump now! I have blood in vomit dark red purple color looks like sand what could this be?

I have had stomach pain upper  epagastric area i found a lump now!  I have blood in vomit dark red purple color looks like sand what could this be?

Bleeding?: Vomiting a gritty, sandy dark substance can be what is known as "coffee ground emesis." this can indicate an intestinal bleed and one should seek immediate care at the emergency department of the hospital if this is present. ...Read more

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What causes blood in vomit?

What causes blood in vomit?

Different problems: Different problems including but not limited to bleeding stomach ulcers, esophageal varices, cancer, etc, may cause hematemesis ( vomiting blood) but whatever the cause is it requires medical attention asap. ...Read more

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What do I do if I see blood in vomit?

What do I do if I see blood in vomit?

Depends: If you start off vomiting blood from the beginning of being sick - you probably need to go to the emergency room. If you have been throwing up and after a few episodes of vomiting you begin to see a few spots of blood, you are probably ok to just treat your illness and ignore the blood. But if there is lots of blood, or if what comes up is all blood, you need immediate attention. ...Read more

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Blood in vomit, should I be concerned?

Blood in vomit, should I be concerned?

Definitely: If it is really blood, it means something serious going on...It is often coming from stomach like from an ulcer or tumor. ...Read more

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What should you do about blood in vomit?

Med evaluation: If you are vomiting blood then emergent medical evaluation is warranted. If there is a small amount of blood mixed in with vomit - it is not likely to be such an urgent matter but assesment would still be prudent. ...Read more