- Internal bleeding
Internal bleeding is
bleedingoccurring inside the body. It can be a serious medical emergencydepending on where it occurs (e.g. brain, stomach, lungs), and can potentially cause deathand cardiac arrestif proper medical treatment is not received quickly.
It may be caused by high
blood pressure(by causing blood vesselrupture) or other forms of injury, especially high speed deceleration occurring during an automobile accident, which can cause organ rupture. Also, internal bleeding can be caused by hitting or running against a sharp object in that area. [http://www.articleworld.org/index.php/Internal_bleeding] Some diseases may also cause internal bleeding, such as the Filovirus Ebola. This infection, together with similar infections such as the Marburg virus, is fortunately rare.The most common cause of internal bleeding is carcinoma(cancer), either of the gastro-intestinal tract or of the lung, or more rarely of other organs such as the prostate, pancreasor kidney. Other diseases linked to internal bleeding include scurvy, hepatoma, liver cancer, Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia, ectopic pregnancy, malignant hypothermia, ovarian cysts, Vitamin KDeficiency, and hemophilia. Some medication interactions may also cause internal bleeding. [ [http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/internal_bleeding.htm Internal bleeding - WrongDiagnosis.com ] ]
Internal bleeding can be serious for two reasons:
* the blood can compress organs and cause their disfunction (as can occur in
* when it does not stop spontaneously, the loss of blood will cause hemorrhagic shock, [http://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic532.htm] which can lead to
brain damageand death.
Internal bleedings are usually called
hemorrhage, even though the term is general to all kinds of bleedings.
A minor case of internal bleeding results in
ecchymosis, or a bruise: blood expands under the skin, causing discoloration.
Medical investigation is necessary to identify internal bleeding. The external signs are general signs of hypovolemic shock (see the article about shock for more information).
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