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Watermelon stomach

Other Names for this Disease
  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia
  • GAVE
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What are the signs and symptoms of watermelon stomach?

The most common symptom of watermelon stomach is unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding.[1][2][3] Melena (black, bloody stool) or hematemesis (vomiting blood) are less common symptoms.[1][2][3] In most patients, the chronic blood loss causes iron-deficiency anemia.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 11/7/2011

  1. Brandt LJ. Feldman: Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 8th ed.. Philadelphia, PA : Saunders; 2006;
  2. Multiple Red Spots in the Antrum. Medscape Gastroenterology. 2002; Accessed 7/12/2011.
  3. Hauser SC. Vascular diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D. Goldman: Cecil Medicine, 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2007;