Gastrointestinal Bleeding | GI Bleeding
Our Approach to Care
GI bleeding can be a symptom of many different problems in the GI tract. GI bleeding needs to be evaluated at by a doctor. At MaineHealth, our GI specialists have the expertise and skills to diagnose and treat both upper GI bleeding and lower GI bleeding.
What is GI Bleeding?
GI bleeding can occur anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract -- in the esophagus, stomach, intestines or rectum.
Upper GI bleeding can be a symptom of
- Peptic ulcers
- Swollen veins in the esophagus
Lower GI bleeding can be a symptom of:
- Tears in the tissue of the anus
- Polyps (growths)
- Vascular malformations
- Feeling tired and rundown
- Feeling breathless or out of breath
- Blood in the stool or very dark, tarry stool
- Vomiting blood or dark material that looks like coffee grounds
Diagnosing GI bleeding
You should be evaluated immediately if you’re having GI bleeding. Your doctor may perform the following tests:
- Digital rectal exam
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Lab tests
- Push endoscopy
- Wireless capsule endoscopy
- Treatment of vascular lesions with argon plasma coagulation