Bleeding Ulcers: Symptoms and Causes
What Are the Symptoms and Causes of Bleeding Ulcers?
Inflammation in the stomach may cause a small crater, or ulcer, to form. If there happens to be a blood vessel under the ulcer, a lot of bleeding can develop and then the symptoms aren't so subtle. The patient may vomit blood, or the blood may pass into the intestine, get digested, and come out as black, tarry stools.
Bleeding ulcers are a big deal. Often having endoscopy is diagnostic and therapeutic. A gastroenterologist can use a fiberoptic camera to view the inside of the stomach and duodenum, searching for a source of bleeding. If a blood vessel is leaking, it's possible to cauterize or burn the blood vessel and take care of the problem right away.