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What does it mean to bleed "out" from colon cancer?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Hemorrhage

"bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss.
Generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization.

In brief: Hemorrhage

"bleed out" is jargon for significant blood loss.
Generally requires intervention like transfusion, surgery, or embolization.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Anemia can be first

Often a colon tumor will only be detected after routine bloodwork uncovers anemia (low blood count).
Workup then should include endoscopy, and the tumor is found. Sometimes weakness from anemia prompts the same workup. It is usually a very slow, gradual blood loss, and not a sudden, high volume massive bleed.

In brief: Anemia can be first

Often a colon tumor will only be detected after routine bloodwork uncovers anemia (low blood count).
Workup then should include endoscopy, and the tumor is found. Sometimes weakness from anemia prompts the same workup. It is usually a very slow, gradual blood loss, and not a sudden, high volume massive bleed.
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