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Watermelon stomach

Other Names for this Disease
  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia
  • GAVE
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Watermelon stomach is a condition in which the lining of the stomach bleeds, causing it to look like the characteristic stripes of a watermelon when viewed by endoscopy.[1][2] Symptoms of watermelon stomach may include sudden, unexplained bleeding, chronic bleeding, and anemia. Other symptoms may include vomiting of blood and dark stools that contain blood.[1] Click here to view a diagram of the stomach.
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.
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Basic Information

  • The International Scleroderma Network has an information page on watermelon stomach because this condition is sometimes associated with a condition called diffuse systemic scleroderma. Click on The International Scleroderma Network to view the information page.

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  • The Merck Manual Web page has an image of watermelon stomach. Click on The Merck Manual to view the image.