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Mallory Weiss Tear All You Need to Know

About


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


Symptoms


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.


Treatment


Self-care:
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.


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


Specialists:
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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