Cambridge City, IN
A 30-year-old female asked:
Why does a stomach ulcer from taking to much nsaids cause positive occult blood test, nausea, & mild cramping. hgb is stable. dr. said to up prilosec?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Ulcers can bleed.: The main answer would be that ulcers can bleed. And when they bleed, the released blood travels quickly through the GI tract and mixes with your stool, so that it reveals itself in a stool occult blood test. Nausea and cramping also go along with an ulcer.
1.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Blood in stool: When you have irritation and disruption of the mucosal lining in the form ulcer may be oozing blood found as occult blood. Bu not not all occult blood are from the ulcer either. If there is blood and you believe it is from the stomach better have it looked at it, so that other sources are not missed.
1.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Need further Dx Endo: By blocking the Cox-1 enzyme and disrupting the production of prostaglandins in the stomach, NSAIDs can cause ulcers and bleedin. Advanced age + H.pylori taking NSAID, have increased risk of bleeding and ulcers,and HP should be eradicated in this group. FOBT + should be further investigated with Endo. Recent study suggest that the GI risks associated with NSAIDs can be potentiated when given w/PPI
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