(GI Bleeding; Bleeding, Gastrointestinal; Bleeding, GI)
|The Digestive Tract|
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- Esophagus—the muscular tube that transports food from the throat to the stomach
- Upper portion of the small intestine
- Lower portion of the small intestine
- Large intestine
- Rectum and anus
- Peptic ulcer—a sore in the lining of the stomach or the upper portion of the small intestine
- Esophageal varices—abnormally swollen veins within the lining of the esophagus
- Mallory-Weiss tears—tears in the lining of the esophagus
- Gastritis—inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the stomach
- Esophagitis—inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the esophagus
- Benign tumors—abnormal tissue growth that is not cancerous
- Stomach arteriovenous malformations
- Cancer—cancer in the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine
- Angiodysplasia—abnormal growth of blood vessels in the intestine
- Diverticulum—a pouch that forms on the wall of the large intestine
- Diverticulitis—occurs when the pouch becomes inflamed
- Colitis—inflammation of the colon (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease)
- Hemorrhoids —enlarged veins in the rectum and/or anus
- Fissures—tears in the anus
- Polyps or colon cancer
- Bleeding disorders (some more than other)
- Excessive alcohol use
- Long-term use of steroids, blood-thinning medication, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or aspirin
- Prior GI or vascular surgery
- History of gastrointestinal disease or bleeding
- History of ulcers
- History of bacterial infections, such as Helicobacter pylori
- Blood in vomit
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Black, tarry stool
- Blood in the stool
- Black, tarry stool
- Blood in the stool
- Lightheadedness or faintness
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Blood tests
- Breath test
- Stool test to check for blood
- Endoscopy—a thin, lighted tube inserted down the throat to examine the digestive tract and collect tissue samples
- Colonoscopy—a thin, lighted tube inserted through the rectum and into the colon to examine the lining of the colon
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the digestive tract
- Nasogastric aspiration—a tube placed through the nose and into the stomach removes contents to check for bleeding
- Barium x-ray —x-ray that uses contrast material to see internal structures
- Radionuclide scanning—the use of small amounts of radioactive material and a camera to create blood flow images of the digestive tract
- Angiography —an x-ray of the blood vessels
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or H-2 blockers to reduce stomach acid production
- Antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori or other infections
- Vasoconstrictors to reduce bleeding
- Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
- Probiotics to introduce healthy bacteria into the GI tract
- Injecting chemicals into the bleeding site
- Using a heat probe, electric current, or laser to seal off the bleeding site
- Using a band or clip to close off blood vessels
- Get treatment for Helicobacter pylori infection
- Reduce your intake of alcohol or NSAIDs if possible
- If you smoke, talk with your doctor about how you can quit
American College of Gastroenterology http://www.gi.org
American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2014 -
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