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What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sometimes GI bleeding does not present very obvious symptoms, but is serious all the same. When symptoms are present, they vary depending on whether the bleeding is coming from the lower or upper GI tract. If the bleeding is coming from the upper GI tract, symptoms include vomiting brilliant red blood, clots, or matter that looks like dark pulp or grounds, and having ebony, tar like feces. Lower GI bleeding presents different symptoms like passing blood instead of a stool, or a mixture of the two, making a red or maroon colored stool. If enough blood is lost symptoms of anemia may occur: dizziness, fatigue, weakness, headaches,  brittle nails, paleness, or problems with concerntration.

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