How does upper GI bleeding affect the body?

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Upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is present when it has been triggered by another problem. In addition to any effects from the problem that causes the bleeding, the blood loss itself can affect the body in different ways. A chronic but minimal amount of upper GI bleeding may weaken the body over time, causing your overall physical health to decline. You may become anemic, losing important iron that the body needs to function well. Extreme blood loss caused by tears in the stomach lining or rupturing vessels could send a person into shock, in need of a blood transfusion. There is a chance that someone could die if upper GI bleeding is advanced enough and causes too much blood loss or damage to the body.

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