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Dr. Laura Arbogast
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What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Laura Arbogast
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Definition)

Gastrointestinal bleeding is bleeding that occurs anywhere in the digestive tract (which runs from the mouth to the anus). Blood may be seen in vomit or stool. Common causes include infections, hemorrhoids, and damage to the lining ...Read more


Dr. Michael Thompson
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Michael Thompson
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
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Does ulcer cause most of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Raymundo Romero
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MANY CAUSES: Upper GI bleed can be from esophagitis, esophageal varices, esophageal tears, cancer, polyps, gastritis, errosions and ulcers. ...Read more

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Raymundo Romero
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Raymundo Romero
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

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

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Raymundo Romero
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

Dr. Laura Arbogast
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Wujek
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If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

Dr. Daniel Wujek
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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What if have dark bowel color --is it gastrointestinal bleeding?

Dr. Sidney Vinson
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Blood In Stool (Definition)

Blood in the stool of babies is always a concern and should be investigated. Some of the causes include food allergies, infection of the bowels (bacterial gastroenteritis), anal ...Read more


Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


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