10 Internal Bleeding Symptoms

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Internal bleeding can be described as a hemorrhage from a blood vessel that is within the body and it is not easily seen on the surface. It is also known as internal hemorrhage and depending on the affected tissue, it can cause many different symptoms. Most organs in our bodies are well vascularized, meaning they have a complex array of veins and arteries that are going to supply nutrients and also get rid of waste products that are no longer necessary.

There are many ways that a person might suffer from internal bleeding. Trauma to the head, abdomen, and almost any part of the body may cause damage to the blood vessels located in those tissues causing them to bleed. Other conditions like aneurysms may happen spontaneously without giving any signs or symptoms as well. The gastrointestinal tract is also a commonplace where we can find hemorrhages associated with many conditions such as liver disease, hemorrhoid disease, gastritis, and many more.

1. Dark Stools

The dark color of the stools is given to them by a unique pigment called coprobilinogen that is located in our gastrointestinal tract. The color of the stools may vary slightly from person to person. Nevertheless, healthy stools should have a brown or similar color. Many conditions may alter the color of the stools, causing them to become pale or dark brown almost like coffee.

Dark stools that resemble the color of coffee are a sign of bleeding in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The origin of the bleeding is usually in the upper GI tract, which might involve the stomach, esophagus, or duodenum. As the blood gets degraded in the GI tract, it turns from the usual red color that we are familiar with into a dark brown, almost blackish color that we see in the stools of patients with an upper GI hemorrhage.

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