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Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding can be a symptom of many different GI conditions. It can appear either within stool, within vomit or on its own.
WakeMed’s dedicated gastroenterologists work with patients to determine where in the digestive tract the blood is originating from—whether the stomach, large intestine or small intestine—and then effectively treat it.
GI bleeding can be a worrisome symptom, but there are many common causes of it. Sometimes it will make stool look black and tarry, and sometimes it makes the stool red. Blood that is vomited is usually bright red. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
GI bleeding can result from:
If you’re experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding, you should see a gastroenterologist. WakeMed’s gastroenterologists are experts at pinpointing the cause of GI bleeding.
Our physicians start by taking a detailed patient history and a review of symptoms. Sometimes, this is enough to diagnose where the bleeding is coming from.
In some cases, we may also use these tests:
Once the source of the bleeding is identified, treatment can begin. Treatment for GI bleeding depends on the cause, and whether it’s intestinal bleeding or stomach bleeding.
For conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, stomach ulcers and colon cancer, treatment of the underlying disease will reduce the bleeding. To treat abnormal blood vessels, our doctors may use endoscopic injections, endoscopic thermal probes or ablation to stop the bleeding.
If you or someone you care is experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of WakeMed’s experienced gastroenterologists.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610