Gastrointestinal bleeding

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Gastrointestinal bleeding (GI bleed), also known as gastrointestinal hemorrhage, is all forms of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the rectum.[1]

When there is significant blood loss over a short time, symptoms may include vomiting red blood, vomiting black blood, bloody stool, or black stool.

Small amounts of bleeding over a long time may cause iron-deficiency anemia resulting in feeling tired or heart-related chest pain. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain, shortness of breath, pale skin, or passing out.

Sometimes in those with small amounts of bleeding no symptoms may be present.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bleeding in the Digestive Tract". The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. September 17, 2014. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. Kim, BS; Li, BT; Engel, A; Samra, JS; Clarke, S; Norton, ID; Li, AE (15 November 2014). "Diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding: A practical guide for clinicians". World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology. 5 (4): 467–78. doi:10.4291/wjgp.v5.i4.467. PMC 4231512. PMID 25400991.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: unflagged free DOI (link)