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I know that bleeding in your stomach would look brown colored like coffee grounds, but how can you tell the difference between blood and brown colored food you may have ate? What if you ate chocolate or something equally brown like coffee ground color? I ask because I burped up blood in February 14th this year and went to ER. They admitted me and found gastritis and esophagitis. I have been afraid to eat brown colored food and drink or anything darker than brown colored for the past month and would like to know what to look for besides the brown color so I can expand my diet.

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Dear Dustin,

Following your discharge from the hospital, you should be followed by a gastroenterologist who will monitor your progress. Blood in the stomach will cause dark tarry stools and/or coffee ground vomit. There is nothing that comes to mind that can be eaten that can mimick this. Be sure to be compliant with your medication, follow up regularly with your healthcare provider, and refrain for alcoholic beverages, aspirin, ibuprofen, or anything else that can cause irritation to the stomach lining, unless specifically ordered by your gastroenterologist.  

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Dr. Pamela M. Cipriano, DNP, ACNP-BC

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am able to answer questions regarding critical care issues including the cardiac system, pulmonary system, gastrointestinal system, gallbladder, small bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, diverticulitis, general abdominal surgery, ventilator management, ARDS, dehydration, heart failure, kidney failure, shock. pneumona, surgical complications, disease process.

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I am a Hospitalist at a local hospital and in the emergency department. I am on the Medical Staff. I round, admit, discharge, consult and assist with surgeries in the OR. I manage patients in the ICU and Med/Surg floors.

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Society of Hospital Medicine American College of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Practice Nurse Society

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Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

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Golden Key Honor Society; Merit Award Recipient; Scholarship Recipient

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Trained at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT - Open Heart Cardiac Intensive Care Post Anesthesia Care Unit & Radiology Internship Interned at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas Trained at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, CT - emergency Department & Hospitalist Program

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