Warning Symptoms Of Gastrointestinal Bleeding To Watch Out For

Date December 28, 2017 16:11

Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a sign of a disease or condition of the digestive system. The bleeding can occur anywhere in your gastrointestinal (= digestive) tract. GI bleeding can be acute (happens suddenly and can be severe) or chronic (is slow and sporadic). Gastritis leads to this condition very often. Many people face with this stomach disease, so find out about its symptoms from the video below


Upper GI bleeding (occurring in the upper GI tract) is more common than lower GI bleeding (occurring in lower GI tract). About 100,000 Americans are hospitalized with upper GI bleeding annually.

Lower GI bleedings account for about 20%-30% of GI bleeding cases in Western countries. The risk of GI bleeding is two times higher in men than in women.

The symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding are the following:

  • black or tarry stool;
  • dark or bright red blood in stool;
  • bright red blood in vomit;
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • abdominal spasms;
  • light-headedness;
  • weariness ;
  • pallor;
  • shortness of breath;
  • weakness.

Acute GI bleeding may lead to a shock; it’s considered a medical emergency. Call the ambulance immediately if you experience the following symptoms, or someone around you has them:

  • fall in blood pressure;
  • decrease or absence of urination;
  • increased heart rate;
  • loss of consciousness.

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Certain conditions cause chronic GI bleeding, which may lead to anemia (= low red blood cells count) in the long run. Anemia symptoms include tiredness and shortness of breath.

A lot of conditions may cause GI bleeding. Below is the list of the most common ones:

  • peptic ulcers;
  • colon polyps;
  • hemorrhoids;
  • tumors (both benign and malign);
  • colitis;
  • gastritis;
  • esophagitis;
  • diverticular disease;
  • angiodysplasia (abnormal or dilated blood vessels in the digestive tract).

Prevention of GI bleeding is based on treatment of the underlying GI condition.

Sources: NIDDK, Mayo Clinic

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