Internal Bleeding: Causes, Treatment, and Complications


Internal bleeding is a form of bleeding that occurs inside the body. It is commonly caused by trauma, injury, or other rare cases. It affects different organs of the body including the stomach or brain. An injury that occurs outside the body is easy to see and treat. Internal bleeding on the other hand is difficult to see or diagnose. In some cases, internal bleeding may occur due to medical conditions, such as bleeding disorder, organ damage, or gastritis.

Internal bleeding may occur as a symptom of a life-threatening condition. The following symptoms may accompany internal bleeding, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of them:

  • Severe weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Passing out
  • Acute visual problems
  • Numbness
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Severe headache
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea [1]

In some cases, internal bleeding is usually accompanied by bloody or dark stool or vomit. If the bleeding occurs around the internal organs close to your abdomen, you may develop bruising or redness around your navel or on the sides of your abdomen.

Internal bleeding may also be caused by other less serious medical conditions. Whether it is caused by a severe or mild condition, it is still always imperative to contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of the condition.