What other symptoms might occur with spitting blood?

Spitting blood may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with spitting blood

Spitting blood may accompany other symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal system including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Blood-streaked stools
  • Bloody stool (the blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool (melena)
  • Vomiting blood or black material resembling coffee grounds

Other symptoms that may occur along with spitting blood

Spitting blood may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Pale skin or pallor
  • Weakness (loss of strength)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, spitting blood can be a sign of a life threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood or black material resembling coffee grounds
  • Weakness (loss of strength)
INTRODUCTION

What is spitting blood?

Spitting up blood indicates the presence of bleeding that may originate in the digestive tract or in the respiratory system. Spitting blood may be caused by many different conditions, and the severity varies among individuals. Spitting blood may accompany vomiting if it is from a gastrointestinal source, or it may occur with coughing if it is from a respiratory source.

Common gast... Read more about spitting bloodintroduction

CAUSES

What causes spitting blood?

Spitting blood can be the result of any condition of the digestive or respiratory tracts. Common digestive causes of spitting blood include inflammation or infection, internal injuries caused by trauma, and underlying disease processes such as cancers. Respiratory causes of spitting blood include pneumonia, lung cancer Read more about spitting bloodcauses

Medical Reviewer: All content has been reviewed by board-certified physicians under the direction of Rich Klasco, M.D., FACEP. Last Annual Review Date: May 2, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Digestive System


Did You Know?

View Source

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. In fact, it's estimated that as many as 20 percent of adults have symptoms of IBS.