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Treatments for Gastrointestinal bleeding

Treatments for Gastrointestinal bleeding:

Treatment plans for gastrointestinal bleeding are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases and complications, the age of the patient, and other factors.

It is possible that some types of gastrointestinal bleeding will resolve by themselves. Many causes of gastrointestinal bleeding, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, gastritis or constipation can be effectively treated with relatively simple measures. These may include changes in diet, drinking lots of water, exercise, medications, and/or minor outpatient surgical procedures.

Other causes of gastrointestinal bleeding, such as colorectal cancer, esophageal varices, or perforated peptic ulcers need more intensive treatment. Treatment may involve hospitalization, multiple oral or intravenous medications, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or endoscopy surgical procedures to stop bleeding directly at the site of the problem. Blood transfusion may be needed when gastrointestinal bleeding results in anemia.

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Discussion of treatments for Gastrointestinal bleeding:

The use of endoscopy has grown and now allows doctors not only to see bleeding sites but to directly apply therapy as well. A variety of endoscopic therapies are useful to the patient for treating GI tract bleeding.

Active bleeding from the upper GI tract can often be controlled by injecting chemicals directly into a bleeding site with a needle introduced through the endoscope. A physician can also cauterize, or heat treat, a bleeding site and surrounding tissue with a heater probe or electrocoagulation device passed through the endoscope. Laser therapy, although effective, is no longer used regularly by many physicians because it is expensive and cumbersome.

Once bleeding is controlled, medicines are often prescribed to prevent recurrence of bleeding. Medical treatment of ulcers to ensure healing and maintenance therapy to prevent ulcer recurrence can also lessen the chance of recurrent bleeding. Studies are now under way to see if elimination of Helicobacter pylori affects the recurrence of ulcer bleeding.

Removal of polyps with an endoscope can control bleeding from colon polyps. Removal of hemorrhoids by banding or various heat or electrical devices is effective in patients who suffer hemorrhoidal bleeding on a recurrent basis. Endoscopic injection or cautery can be used to treat bleeding sites throughout the lower intestinal tract.

Endoscopic techniques do not always control bleeding. Sometimes angiography may be used. However, surgery is often needed to control active, severe, or recurrent bleeding when endoscopy is not successful. (Source: excerpt from Bleeding in the Digestive Tract: NIDDK)

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