Mallory-weiss syndrome


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Mallory and Weiss first described gastroesophageal tears causing gastrointestinal bleeding in 15 alcoholic patients in 1929 [1]. Since this time, longitudinal mucosal lacerations, associated with forceful retching, has become a well-known cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. The prevalence of Mallory-Weiss Syndrome is reported to be approximately 5% of patients suffering acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding, but may be higher [2-4]. The presence of Mallory-Weiss tears without acute bleeding is difficult to quantify and their clinical significance is debatable. © 2010 Springer-Verlag New York.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schroder, JN; Branch, MS

Published Date

  • December 1, 2010

Book Title

  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 84

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781441916921

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4419-1693-8_7

Citation Source

  • Scopus