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Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom not a disease and may be severe or barely detectible in the upper and lower intestine. Whichever the case, it requires immediate attention by a physician. Locating the site of bleeding is the first step in determining the location and cause of bleeding. To learn more about Gastrointestinal Bleeding, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.

Causes and Risk Factors for Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Causes include peptic ulcers, gastritis, hemorrhoids, colitis, benign tumors and cancer. Untreated gastrointestinal bleeding can cause conditions ranging from anemia to even death.

Test and Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Common diagnostic procedures include stool and blood samples and endoscopy.

Treatments and Therapies for Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Treatments may vary depending on the location of the bleeding and may include:

  • Endoscopic thermal probe to treat bleeding ulcers and other abnormalities.
  • Radiofrequency ablation to treat abnormal blood vessels in the stomach, small intestine and colon.
  • Endoscopic clips to close a bleeding vessel or other defective tissue.
  • Endoscopic band ligation to treat bleeding hemorrhoids and vessels in the esophagus using special rubber bands.

To learn more about Gastrointestinal Bleeding, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.