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5 Potential Bloody Red Vomit Causes

  1. 1.Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    The digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. Upper GI bleeding is a medical emergency involving internal bleeding from the esophagus, stomach, or the small intestine.

    Several days to weeks of recovery in the hospital.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, being severely ill, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), lightheadedness, rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that always occur with upper gastrointestinal bleeding:
    vomiting (old) blood or passing tarry stools, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  2. 2.Acute Variceal Hemorrhage

    Acute variceal hemorrhage is a condition that can occur secondary to (as a result of) liver disease. Blood vessels bringing blood from the digestive tract back to the heart which course through the esophagus (a muscular tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) become dilated. In acute variceal hemorrhage, these vessels burst, resulting in internal bleeding.

    Full recovery from hemorrhage is expected within 6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, abdominal pain (stomach ache), vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness
    Symptoms that always occur with acute variceal hemorrhage:
    being severely ill, vomiting (old) blood or passing tarry stools
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  3. 3.Hemophilia a

    Hemophilia A is an inherited (genetic) disorder which causes the blood to have a deficiency or absence of coagulation factor VIII, which is a protein that is needed to create blood clots. This can result in bleeding that starts on its own, or uncontrollable bleeding after trauma or surgery.

    Lifelong condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, difficulty moving the shoulder, rectal bleeding, unexplained/excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds, pink/blood-tinged urine
    Symptoms that always occur with hemophilia a:
    unexplained/excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Hemophilia b

    Hemophilia B is an inherited (genetic) disorder which causes the blood to have a deficiency or absence of coagulation factor IX, which is a protein that is needed to create blood clots. This can result in bleeding that starts on its own, or uncontrollable bleeding after trauma or surgery.

    Lifelong condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, difficulty moving the shoulder, rectal bleeding, unexplained/excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds, prolonged bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Nosebleed Requiring Treatment

    Nosebleeds are a common disorder that many (60%) will experience. It can be caused by a number of things that rupture the blood vessels in the nose such as: dry air, picking your nose, getting hit in the nose, or even just getting older

    Nosebleeds universally get better after treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    severe nosebleed
    Symptoms that always occur with nosebleed requiring treatment:
    severe nosebleed
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bloody Red Vomit

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you have any issues with bruising?

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Bloody Red Vomit Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bloody red vomit have also experienced:

    • 17% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 8% Vomiting With Streaks of Blood
    • 7% Vomiting
  • People who have experienced bloody red vomit had symptoms persist for:

    • 66% Less Than a Day
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 5% Over a Month
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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