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Gastrointestinal bleeding is a condition that could be an indication of a more serious disease. The bleeding can occur in any part of the intestinal tract comprising, among others, the stomach, the small and large intestines and the rectum and the doctors classify it as upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding depending on where the bleeding occurs. The causes for both these conditions also differ from peptic ulcers to anal fissures. Blood in vomit or stool is the clear symptom of this condition. Due to the bleeding the person may experience fatigue and weakness.
HOW IS GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done by a gastroenterology expert who would send these samples for examination at the lab.
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?
GI bleeding can be visible in the form of vomiting blood, having bright red bloody stools or having black tarry stools (melena). Even a small amount of GI bleeding that isn't visible can cause a shortage of red blood cells in your blood (anemia) over time.