Bleeding in Digestive tract


Bleeding in the digestive tract is a symptom of a problem rather than a disease itself. Most causes of bleeding are related to conditions that can be cured or controlled, such as hemorrhoids.

The cause of bleeding may not be serious, but locating the source of bleeding is critical. The digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus. Bleeding can come from one or more of these areas — from a small area such as an ulcer on the lining of the stomach or from a more diffuse problem such as inflammation of the colon.

Bleeding can sometimes occur without you even knowing about it. This type of bleeding is called occult or hidden. Fortunately, simple tests can detect occult blood in the stool.

The signs of bleeding in the digestive tract depend on the site and severity of bleeding.  

If blood is coming from the rectum or the lower colon, bright red blood will coat or mix with your stool. The stool may be mixed with darker blood if the bleeding is higher up in the colon or at the far end of the small intestine.
When there is bleeding in the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum, the stool is usually black, tarry, and very foul smelling. Vomit may be bright red or have a “coffee-grounds” appearance when bleeding is from the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum. If bleeding is occult, or hidden, you might not notice any changes in stool color. Learn to treat bleeding in the digestive tract and other digestive issues at our site…

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  1. Avril Zilliox

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