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Burping Up Mucus
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Burping Up Mucus

My mother is 76 years old, a smoker, has on and off bronchitis and Crohn's Disease.  She was recently told she also has "low blood sodium".  She is fairly "active" and otherwise in pretty good health.

I am concerned about something I first noticed 2 years ago and apparently happened as recently as last month.  I am not sure of the frequency though - I need to ask her....

My mother has been burping up LOTS of mucus.  This occurs in the middle of eating a meal.  I observed her at lunch one day - after she had taken a couple of bites of her sandwich, she had just swallowed and unexpectedly and immediately belched (threw up) what appeared to be a LOT (4 oz or more) of foamy liquid with "sticky" thick mucus.  What could be causing this?
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I would evaluate the upper digestive tract with an upper endoscopy.  Vomiting can be indicative of an obstruction, mass, or stricture

A gastric emptying scan can also be considered to evaluate for gastroparesis, which can impede digestion.

If negative, imaging the abdomen can also be considered, as gallbladder or liver disease can also lead to vomiting.

These options can be discussed with a GI physician.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin Pho, M.D.
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