Gastrointestinal Bleeding (cont.)
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding Symptoms
Acute gastrointestinal bleeding first will appear as vomiting of blood, bloody bowel movements, or black, tarry stools. Vomited blood may look like "coffee grounds." Symptoms associated with blood loss can include
When to Seek Medical Care for GI Bleeding
Any presence of blood in the stool or from the upper gastrointestinal tract is significant and needs medical attention. Black or dark stools may represent slow bleeding into the GI tract and should be treated by a doctor.
Any significant bleeding into the GI tract, either vomited blood or blood through the rectum, should be evaluated in the emergency department.
Gastrointestinal Bleeding Diagnosis
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2015
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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