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What causes gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

GI bleeding is caused by a variety of underlying conditions that vary depending on where the bleeding is coming from. 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 inflammatory bowel disease, arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connections between arteries and veins), a tumor, colon cancer, ulcers, polyps, colitis, diverticula, and hemorrhoids.

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