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What is gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Dr. Ryan G. Aronin, MD
Internal Medicine
GI bleeding is a serious health concern. Warning signs include dark, tar-colored stools or bright red blood from the rectum. These symptoms should not be ignored. Seek medical care if they occur.You may be able to prevent a GI bleed by avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink.

The GI tract is the path that your food follows from your mouth, to your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. GI bleeding occurs when one stop on that digestive pathway is bleeding internally. You can either have lower GI bleeding or upper GI bleeding. Both forms can be extremely dangerous.

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