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Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Esophageal Bleeding (Overview)

Esophageal bleeding is a clinical finding in which there is bleeding from the esophagus (which connects the throat to the stomach). If significant enough, this can lead to bloody vomiting and blood loss. Causes of esophageal bleeding include liver disease leading to bleeding veins in the esophagus, esophageal irritation, or a tear in the esophagus.


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Can you get bad bleeds from esophageal bleeding?

Can you get bad bleeds from esophageal bleeding?

Yes: Esophageal bleeding can be very serious and even life-threatening, depending on the cause. Some things are more minor (like having a little blood related to repetitive vomiting from a "gi bug"), but some can be much more serious like variceal bleeding (generally related to cirrhosis). ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Raymond
17 doctors shared insights

Esophageal Bleeding (Overview)

Esophageal bleeding is a clinical finding in which there is bleeding from the esophagus (which connects the throat to the stomach). If significant enough, this can lead to bloody vomiting and blood loss. Causes of esophageal bleeding include liver disease leading to bleeding veins in the esophagus, esophageal irritation, or a tear in the esophagus.


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Can you get bad bleeds from esophageal bleeding?

Yes: Esophageal bleeding can be very serious and even life-threatening, depending on the cause. Some things are more minor (like having a little blood related to repetitive vomiting from a "gi bug"), but some can be much more serious like variceal bleeding (generally related to cirrhosis). ...Read more

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Can you also get nose bleeds from esophageal bleeding?

Can you also  get nose bleeds from esophageal bleeding?

Maybe: Esophageal bleeding could theoretically come out the mouth or the nose, which could look like a nose bleed. Depending on the cause of the esophageal bleeding (ie a bleeding disorder?), that could predispose you to nose bleeds. Esophageal bleeding is generally something that needs medical attention though so please discuss with your doctor if you aren't already. ...Read more

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If there's bleeding in esophagus, will the stool become red or black? How much blood to take effect of the colouring?

If there's bleeding in esophagus, will the stool become red or black? How much blood to take effect of the colouring?

Esophageal bleeding: If you are bleeding in the esophagus, the blood will be digested as it passes through the small intestine and cause the stool to be darker. This is called upper GI bleeding, usually from the stomach or first part of the small intestine. Red blood in the stool comes from the large intestine, rectum or anus, where it hasn't had time to be digested and turn dark yet. ...Read more

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Why is esophageal varices bleeding a fatal condition?

Why is esophageal varices bleeding a fatal condition?

It can be: Bleeding esophageal varices are very serious because you can loose a lot blood quickly . it can be fatal but often is not. other factors like the overall health the patient also affect the chance of death. ...Read more

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Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Unknown: If you are asking what his life span is, nobody knows. There are alternatives to surgery for esophageal varices including tips by interventional radiologists, and endoscopic banding done by gastroenterologists. ...Read more

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Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Bleeding varices BAD: There is a mortality rate of 30-50% with the first episode of upper GI bleeding from esophageal varices. Two thirds of these patients die within 1 year. Most patients with varices have cirrhosis, 40% dying from associated medical problems. About a quarter to a third of cirrhosis patients bleed at least once from varices. Many therapeutic and preventative options exist--get to a GI doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more