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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (cont.)

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Follow-up

  • Maintain a proper diet and take the medications prescribed as directed.
  • Follow-up with a physician on a regular basis to monitor progress, so that the doctor can prevent further progression and complications of the patient's gastrointestinal bleeding.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Prevention

People can prevent some causes of gastrointestinal bleeding.

  • Avoid foods and triggers, such as alcohol and smoking that increase gastric secretions.
  • Eat a high-fiber diet to increase the bulk of the stool, which helps prevent diverticulosis and hemorrhoids.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Prognosis

The outcome of treatment for gastrointestinal bleeding greatly depends on several factors including:

  • The cause and location of the bleeding
  • The rate of bleeding when the person sees a doctor
  • Prior health problems and conditions

REFERENCES: REFERENCES: Saltzman, J., MD. "Approach to acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults." UpToDate. Updated Jan 20, 2015
<http://www.uptodate.com/contents/approach-to-acute-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-adults/>


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