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Gi Tract Bleeding
Common, serious...: The most likely cause of GI pain and GI bleeding are medications that irritate stomach lining causing gastritis, ulcer disease, severe reflux, esophagitis. Most common are aspirin, meds related (nsaid's--ibuprofen, naproxen)--anti-inflammatory drugs. If note reddish stool, or stools turns dark or black, or GI pain occurs, call your physician, who will tell you if you should come to office or er. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Try these...: The GI tract can signal its distress with: nausea, vomiting, cramping, gassiness, belching, sharp/stabbing versus dull throbbing pain, hunger, burning/pyrosis, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, obstructive symptoms, fullness, diarrhea, constipation, or any change in baseline stooling, bleeding (either upper GI or lower GI related), abdominal tenderness, distension, rectal discomfort. More... ...Read more
Some areas.: Upper endoscopy can look at the esophagus, stomach, and at least the 1st portion of the duodenum; also the opening where the bile exits. It cannot look at and therefore cannot diagnose problems in the remainder of the duodenum, the ileum or the jejunum. However, capsule endoscopy can look at these other areas. ...Read more
Sometimes but not: Often. Egd examines esophagus, stomach, duodenum (technically small intestine, but only the very first part), and sometimes the first portion of jejunum, which is the true small intestine. The small intestine is about 30 feet long. Then there is the large intestine, or colon, for which you need colonoscopy. The middle 29+ feet is not accessble via endocsopy. ...Read more
Not usually: The classic sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed is dark blackish tarry stool called "melena". It is usually looser, sticky and has a characteristic smell. Dark green stool usually related to diet rich in green vegetables. If you have other symptoms check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4yr old. asd, gastric reflux, low iga,allergic related mediated gastrointestinal dysmotility.
Black bloos streaks stool. Pain esophagus stomach. What?
Abdominal pain : You gave obviously been to a whole conference of physicians. You already have a huge list of legitimate GI diagnoses. If the stool is still bloody/black you need to do more. Sorry. Add these to your find out list- mechel's diverticula, h pylori, c diff, milk allergy, and endoscopy. Perhaps you need a second opinion from another doctor and hospital. Your persistence will be best solution ! ...Read more
Bugs, bugs , bugs: Most GI tract infections (gastroenteritis) are caused by bacterial or viral contamination of what we eat. Proper hand washing , food prep techniques and food storage techniques should prevent these but most people get sick when they take shortcuts-- not washing hands, eating food from fridge that's too old, meat not cooked thoroughly, etc. ...Read more
Not always.: Blood is a cathartic agent. Therefore, when it is present inside the intestine in significant amounts, like a bleeding ulcer, will cause cramping abdominal pain and diarrhea. Bleeding from a tumor tends to bleed slowly like a leaking faucet and may cause no symptoms. Of course, there is no such thing as minor intestinal bleeding--the source of the bleeding must always be investigated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: There are many causes of intestinal bleeding. Ulcers of the stomach or duodenum, bad gastritis, small intestinal disorders such as vascular malformation, crohn's disease, small bowel tumors, colon cancer, colon infections, ulcerative colitis, vascular lesions of the colon are some of the more common that i can think of. Also ulcers from medications, liver cirrhosis with enlarged esophageal veins. ...Read more
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