Is GI bleeding serious?

GI bleeding can be very frightening when it is found in your feces, mucus, or vomit. However, the underlying conditions for GI bleeding can be even more serious. This is because GI bleeding is often associated with some very serious illnesses. Some of these underlying conditions in the upper GI tract are ulcers, liver disease, gastritis, and varices. In the lower GI tract causes of bleeding include arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a tumor, colon cancer, ulcers, polyps, colitis, diverticulas, and hemorrhoids.

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Does GI bleeding affect children differently than adults?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Anyone can develop GI bleeding. However, this condition is mostly found in the elderly. Some think t...
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How is GI bleeding treated?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Immediate treatment of the GI bleeding includes intravenous fluids to replace those lost during blee...
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Are there alternative treatments for GI bleeding?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There are no alternative treatments for GI bleeding. GI bleeding must be treated swiftly and promptl...
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Can GI bleeding be prevented?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
GI bleeding is a symptom of a disease, not a disease itself; some of these diseases are preventable,...
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