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The medical term for vomiting blood (bloody vomit) is hematemesis. Blood in vomit can be due to minor or major health problems. It can be minimal or great in amount. Vomiting blood should be evaluated by a health care professional.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2012

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Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Vomiting Blood
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Hereditary Telangiectasia
  • Mallory-Weiss Tear
  • Tumor
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