Gastrointestinal Bleeding, also referred to as gastrointestinal haemorrhage, is a condition that refers to any kind of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The blood loss could be significant and in the severe cases, there can be bloody vomiting, bloody stool or black stools. Other signs of the condition include fatigue, dizziness and pale skin colour.
HOW IS GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING DIAGNOSED?
Gastrointestinal bleeding can be either upper gastrointestinal bleeding or lower gastrointestinal bleeding. About 2/3rds of the cases relate to upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Diagnosis is based on the direct observation of blood in the stools and vomiting. A CT angiography will help in identifying the exact location of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
HOW IS GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING TREATED?
Treatment for GI bleeding usually includes hospitalization because blood pressure may drop and heart rate may increase and this needs to be stabilized. In some cases IV fluids or blood transfusions are needed, and surgery may be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is no home cure for heavy Gastrointestinal Bleeding