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BLEEDING FROM THE STOMACH





Category: Digestive Organs

(Haematemesis).

Causes. Cancer and ulcer of the stomach are main causes of excessive
bleeding; poisons also cause it; injuries also.

Symptoms. The vomited blood may be fluid or clotted; it is usually of
dark color. The longer it remains in the stomach the darker it becomes.
There may be great weakness and faint feeling on attempting to rise before
a vomiting of blood. The contents of the bowels when passed look "tarry."

PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT for Bleeding of the Stomach. Absolute rest in bed
is necessary. The bowels should be moved by an enema and it can be
repeated carefully as often as necessary. Cracked ice in bag over the
stomach. If the patient vomits much medicine is useless. They generally
recover with rest. The extremities can be bandaged if there is great
weakness and also external heat can be applied if there is a tendency to
faintness.

Caution. A person so afflicted, if he has ulcer, must be careful of his
diet for months after an attack. He should be careful not to lift, over
work, over eat or worry.





Next: NEURALGIA OF THE STOMACH (Cardialgia, Gastralgia, Gastrodynia)

Previous: CANCER OF THE STOMACH



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