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.
Treatment List for Gastrointestinal bleeding
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources
for Gastrointestinal bleeding
includes the following list.
Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment
or change in treatment plans.
- Treatments for gastrointestinal bleeding emergencies:
- See also treatment of anemia - because anemia can result from gastrointestinal bleeding and its blood loss.
- See also treatment of dehydration
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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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