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How is lower GI bleeding diagnosed?

A complete physical examination by your doctor focusing on the abdominal and rectal area would be necessary to diagnose lower GI bleeding. Since lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a result of another problem, diagnosing the amount and location of the bleeding within the GI tract is important. Blood tests will help to determine if you are anemic, and a stool sample will determine how much, if any, blood is passing through your lower GI tract. The most common physical test performed to diagnose lower GI bleeding is a colonoscopy, which is when a small camera is inserted into the rectum and used to see the inside of the rectum and large intestine.

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