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What is gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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