How is upper GI bleeding diagnosed?

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Upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is caused by another problem in the body, so the first step is to determine where the bleeding is in the upper GI tract. Your doctor would first do a physical exam, including getting some of your medical history. Blood tests would usually be performed, and the doctor would want to check for blood in the stool, because it's not always obvious. To determine that it is upper GI bleeding, the doctor may do a procedure where he would place a tube through your nose and into your stomach to see if any blood is present. Another way to determine the location of the bleeding is by endoscopy. The doctor can use a camera to look at the inside of the upper GI tract to see where the damage may be in the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum. Even an x-ray may be used to find the bleeding.

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