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Sudden postoperative death caused by unheralded Mallory Weiss tears.
  1. G M Humphrey,
  2. E W Benbow,
  3. W F Tait
  1. S3 Unit, Manchester Royal Infirmary.


    Mallory Weiss tears are a common cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, typically reported as following repeated vomiting after an alcoholic binge. This association may have been overemphasised, and these lesions could be caused by a wide range of spontaneous and iatrogenic events. A case of sudden postoperative death caused by massive haematemesis, unheralded by any evidence of vomiting or retching, as a result of Mallory Weiss tears is reported.

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