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Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

GI bleeding may occur in any part of your digestive tract. This includes your esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum, or anus. Bleeding may be mild to severe. Your bleeding may begin suddenly, or start slowly and last for a longer period of time. Bleeding that lasts for a longer period of time is called chronic GI bleeding.

Digestive Tract

What causes GI bleeding?

The cause of your GI bleeding may not be known. The following are common causes:

What are the signs and symptoms of GI bleeding?

Symptoms depend on where the bleeding is, what is causing it, and how much blood you have lost. You may have any of the following:

How is GI bleeding diagnosed?

You may need treatment and monitoring in the hospital. Tell the healthcare provider if you take blood thinner medicine. You may need medicine to reverse the effects of blood thinner medicine. You may need any of the following to find the cause of GI bleeding:

How is GI bleeding treated?

Your bleeding may get better without treatment. If bleeding is severe or causes symptoms, you may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to prevent GI bleeding?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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