GAVE/MW Tears

Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE) is one of those interesting rare causes of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Multiple capillaries lie very close to stomach's surface in bands like a watermelon-- hence the nickname "watermelon stomach". It is associated with aortic stenosis, kidney disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. This condition is treated by burning the skin to produce a layer of protective scar and drive these vessels deeper. Several treatments may be necessary.

Mallory-Weiss Tears are tears in the esophagus where the food pipe connects with the stomach. The tear is caused by violent vomiting, and usually heals on its own in a few days if the vomiting can be controlled.

Digestive Health Tips From Our Staff

Increasing your daily water intake is one of the easiest ways to improve your digestive health. Water helps dissolve substances in the GI tract to allow for a smoother passage.

 

Heartburn is a common affliction for many people, but if left untreated it can lead to complications such as Barrett’s Esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.