Mallory-Weiss Syndrome

Mallory-Weiss syndrome refers to a tear or laceration of the mucous membrane, most commonly at the point where the esophagus and the stomach meet (gastroesophageal junction). Such a tear may result in severe bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. The immediate cause of the lesion is usually a protracted period of vomiting.

Staying away from situations that cause violent vomiting, such as drinking too much alcohol, or coughing, such as smoking, can help lessen your risk.
  • Symptoms
  • Throwing up

    • Blood in vomit

    common

    Abdominal pain

    • Located in middle upper region

    or Acid reflux

    or Back pain

    common

    Cough with mucus or without mucus

    Fainting

    or Dizziness

    Black stool

  • Risk factors
  • Alcohol consumption

    Chronic cough

    Stomach hernia

    Heavy lifting

  • Treatment
  • A Mallory-Weiss tear will stop bleeding and begin to heal on its own in most cases. Sometimes you will need treatment. An endoscope may be used to give you an injection or a heat treatment to stop the bleeding, or insert a clip that closes the tear and stops the bleeding.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Mallory-Weiss Syndrome, then a visit to a gastroenterologist is recommended.

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