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Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Overview)

A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube, the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space its called GI bleeding


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Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

It can: It can. You can bleed from varices: dilated blood vessels in the esophagus. People with cirrhosis can also bleed from the usual causes, such as gastritis and ulcers, especially if they're drinking. It's generally recommended that people with cirrhosis get an upper endoscopy to find out whether they have varices, since there are things that can be done to prevent them from bleeding.

Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Overview)

A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube, the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space its called GI bleeding


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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There is no specific symptom but here are some: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, vomiting blood, blood per rectum, black stools to name a few.

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Suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, on ibuprofen. What is the right treatment?

Suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, on ibuprofen. What is the right treatment?

Depends: You need to make sure you do not have active hpylori infection and if you do that should be treated. Afterwards you will need to weight the risks of rebreeding with nsaids (lower if hpylori treated) and the benefits of the nsaids. If it is something you must use, then consider a acid-reducer like omeprazole.

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Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW: Yes, certain medications can predispose you to GI bleeding for example: aspirin, motrin, coumadin, (warfarin) Plavix to name a few. Call your healthcare provider and inform him of your concern. If you have symptoms by all means go to er: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain. Call your doctor, its never the wrong thing to do.

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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Many: Varices, ulcers, vascular abnormalities, cancers, polyps, diverticulosis, ibd or hemorrhoids to name a few.

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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There is no specific symptom but here are some: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, vomiting blood, blood per rectum, black stools to name a few.

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What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Black, tarry stools: Bleeding in the gastrointestinal (gi, gut) tract can be unnoticed if low amounts and intermittent. Lower GI bleeds can result in bright red blood per rectum (brbpr) or maroon stools. Bleeding in the upper GI tract passes through the bowels and gets transformed to a black tarry, or sometimes called "coffee grounds" look. A simple test for blood is the fecal (stool) occult blood test.

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What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There are many causes for a gastrointestinal bleed. To name a few: ulcers, varices, cancer, medications, arterial venous malformations, polyps and hemorrhoids. The best thing is to see a gastroenterologist who can perform and upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy to find the cause and provide the best treatment.

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What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Melena: Or black tarry stools usually. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools. If the bleeding persists you can become anemic and symptoms of that are lightheadedness, pale skin and pale conjunctivae in your eyes.

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What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

Black or bloody: Stools, if you have black, really foul smelling stools then it's usually an upper GI bleed and if there is frank blood in the stool then it's likely a lower GI bleed. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools as well.

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How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

EASY ~ TELL HIM: Most importantly is to inform your healthcare provider and get evaluated soon.

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What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

Blood in GI Tract: A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube, the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space its called GI bleeding

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If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

Depends: This strongly depends on the cause of the bleeding. Any undiagnosed GI bleeding warrants further evaluation. There are several potentially minor and self limited causes for bleeding, but there are also some very concerning or dangerous causes like cancers or ulcers. If you don't have a diagnosis for bleeding, then see your doctor.

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Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

It can: It can. You can bleed from varices: dilated blood vessels in the esophagus. People with cirrhosis can also bleed from the usual causes, such as gastritis and ulcers, especially if they're drinking. It's generally recommended that people with cirrhosis get an upper endoscopy to find out whether they have varices, since there are things that can be done to prevent them from bleeding.

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Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW: Yes, certain medications can predispose you to GI bleeding for example: aspirin, motrin, coumadin, (warfarin) Plavix to name a few. Call your healthcare provider and inform him of your concern. If you have symptoms by all means go to er: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain. Call your doctor, its never the wrong thing to do.

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What if have dark bowel color --is it gastrointestinal bleeding?

What if have dark bowel color --is it gastrointestinal bleeding?

Maybe: Digested blood from the upper GI tract is usually black, marroon and or tarry/loose in consistency. If you think you may be having GI blood loss you should always see your doctor for evaluation. There are simple tests which can be done on stool to evaluate for the presence of blood. Anytime you have copious amounts of black tarry stool or bright blood in stool seek immediate evaluation.

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I had small amount of black in stool once and next time the stool was all brown was that a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding? No other symptoms

I had small amount of black in stool once and next time the stool was all brown was that a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding? No other symptoms

Not to worry: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding can turn the feces black, but it does so throughout the feces, not just in part of it. A small speck of black may simply be some black ingested food passing through.

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Suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding, on ibuprofen. What is the right treatment?

Depends: You need to make sure you do not have active hpylori infection and if you do that should be treated. Afterwards you will need to weight the risks of rebreeding with nsaids (lower if hpylori treated) and the benefits of the nsaids. If it is something you must use, then consider a acid-reducer like omeprazole.

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If you find someone died with bowel obstruction could there have been gastrointestinal bleeding?

If you find someone died with bowel obstruction could there have been gastrointestinal bleeding?

Possibly: Significant bleeding with bowel obstruction is not common. If the obstruction was from a cancer bleeding is perhaps more likely but in general this is not a big issue. There can certainly be bleeding associated with surgery for bowel obstruction.

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