Throwing Up Blood

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  • Blood was mixed when I vomited

  • Vomiting blood after consuming large amounts of alcohol

  • Blood vomit after continually throwing up

  • Blood in vomit after vomiting second time

  • Blood in vomit after vomiting a few times

  • Vomiting blood after drinking large amounts of liquor

  • Retching blood after drinking large amount of alcohol

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Vomiting of blood is a condition in which blood is expelled from the mouth. The blood can be bright red, black or dark brown. It is as also called hematemesis.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Vomited blood

Possible causes

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Gastric cancer

    Cancer of the stomach. Known risk factors include H. pylori infection (a bacteria) or a diet rich in salt.

  • Hepatic cancer
  • Gastroduodenal ulcer
  • Hemophilia
  • Portal hypertension
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)

Related serious diseases

  • Venous embolism

    Venous embolism is the condition where a venous clot travels from one location to another. Most commonly this happens when a deep venous thrombosis (clot) develops in the larger veins of the leg and breaks off and travels to the lungs (clot is now called a pulmonary embolism). Causes of venous thrombosis include recent surgical procedure, spinal cord injury or other reason for immobility, fracture of hip or leg or other trauma, cancers, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and inherited risk factors like gene mutations causing blood to clot more easily.

  • Leukemia

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Did you vomit blood?

  • Do you have blood in your vomit after repeatedly throwing up?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Aiko Yoshioka

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

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