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What is upper GI bleeding?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding doesn't just happen by itself; it may be a sign of something more serious within your digestive tract. When you experience upper GI bleeding, it means that the bleeding could be happening anywhere from your esophagus to your stomach to the first part of your small intestine, which is called the duodenum. You might not even be aware that you are bleeding, because it is usually painless. Upper GI bleeding and its cause need to be treated to avoid more serious problems.


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