Gastrointestinal Bleeding is not a disease by itself but a symptom of a disorder in the digestive tract. The blood often appears in stools or in vomit. Level of bleeding ranges from mild to life-threatening. Finding the cause of bleeding other than colon cannot be identified easily. Symptoms are:
• Blood in vomiting or stools
• Tar colored stools
• Pale skin color
HOW IS GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING DIAGNOSED?
Tests that may be done include:
• Abdominal CT scan
• Abdominal MRI scan
• Abdominal x-ray
• Bleeding scan (tagged red blood cell scan)
• Blood clotting tests
• Capsule endoscopy (camera pill that is swallowed to look at the small intestine)
• Complete blood count (CBC), clotting tests, platelet count, and other laboratory tests
HOW IS GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING TREATED?
Treatment for Gastrointestinal Bleeding includes identifying the cause of the same. Post this the doctor would give antacids to soothe or balance the digestive juices, followed with medications for aiding digestion and fighting ulcers. Alongside, a strict dietary change is also recommended to minimise this problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
That gastrointestinal bleeding can be prevented by taking care of the diet one consumes.