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Mallory Weiss Tear All You Need to Know


A Mallory- Weiss tear is a medical condition wherein the mucus lining is ruptured in the region of lower esophagus or upper stomach.
A NORD study reports that the predominance of Mallory- Weiss tears is seen in seniors in the age bracket of 40- 60. 

- Requires medical diagnosis
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Lab tests or imaging often required
- Isnt contagious: doesnt spread among people
- Short-term: tears heal within a few weeks

Diverse factors lead to this medical malady; some include intense coughing or vomiting, gastritis, convulsions, chronic alcohol consumption, etc. A patient may pass blood in his cough or vomit, which indicates that the condition has become fatal.

Ages affected - Between 0 and 40: Rare; Between 40 and 60: Predominant; 60 and above: Less often


Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms include pain in the abdominal areas, vomit containing blood, stools of black color or stools containing blood, etc.

People may experience

Pain areas - abdomen, stomach
Difficulty and pain while passing stool or urine
Vomit containing blood
Black-colored stool, or bloody stools, etc.


If a tear doesnt self-heal within a week or two, consulting a doctor might be the safest bet.
Mallory- Weiss tears can be prevented by quitting alcohol, coughing or vomiting lightly, etc.

Doctors generally prescribe proton pump inhibitors or Histamine-2 (H-2) blockers to help curb the symptoms.

In extreme cases, endoscopic therapy followed by surgery may be needed to be done. We advise patients to consult gastroenterologists at mfine (www.mfine.co) platform for great advice and treatment.

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