Gastrointestinal Bleeding (cont.)
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When to seek medical care for gastrointestinal (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.
Which specialties of doctors treat gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?
You may initially be diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding by your primary care provider (PCP), such as a family practitioner, an internist, or child’s pediatrician. You may also see an emergency medicine specialist in a hospital’s emergency department.
You will likely be referred to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in the digestive tract, for further treatment.
What is the outlook for a person with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?
The outcome of treatment for gastrointestinal bleeding greatly depends on several factors including:
Can gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding be prevented?
People can prevent some causes of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2016
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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