Internal bleeding

Bleeding inside the body, particularly in the chest or belly cavities, or into muscles.

When to seek immediate medical care

Seek emergency help if:

  • Bleeding from a body opening, such as the ear, mouth, nose or anus
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Passing black or bloody stools
  • Shock, indicated by a rapid, weak pulse, pallor, sweating, rapid breathing, and decreased alertness

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