Gastric Pathology

Overview
  • The stomach is prone to a variety of diseases; however, these pathologies typically manifest with a limited set of symptomology which include the sensation of heartburn or epigastric pain. Additionally, if bleeding occurs, signs of lower GI bleeding characterized by melena or hematemesis may arise. The expectorate of hematemesis from a gastric source is often described as "coffee-ground" because blood rapidly coagulates in the presence of stomach acid.
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