Upper GI Bleed

What is an upper GI bleed?

A gastrointestinal (GI) bleed is any bleeding that comes from your gastrointestinal track or digestive system. An upper GI bleed can result from irritation or ulcers of the esophagus, stomach

What are the symptoms of an upper GI bleed?

Upper GI bleed symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting blood (can be bright red or look like coffee grounds)
  • Melena stools – dark and sticky stools

What causes an upper GI bleed?

GI bleeding causes include:

  • Esophagus irritation due to stomach acids
  • Repeated vomiting or retching
  • Liver problems
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen
  • Infections such as H. pylori

How is an upper GI bleed diagnosed?

An upper GI bleed is diagnosed by:

  • Your doctor asking about your child’s symptoms and physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging studies such as MRE
  • Upper endoscopy

What is the treatment for an upper GI bleed?

Treatment for an upper GI bleed includes:

  • Medications – to decrease the stomach acids
  • Upper endoscopy – bleeding can be stopped by injecting medications, burning/heating or using metal clips at the site of the bleed

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REMINDER: This information is intended to provide general information and should not be used to base a diagnosis or treatment. Please consult the doctors about your specific condition and the approach for treatment.