Definitions for "Gastrointestinal Bleeding"
The Condition"...The next step may include tests such as different types of X-rays and/or endoscopy, depending on whether the doctor suspects that the bleeding is coming from the upper digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, and first segment of the small intestine) or lower digestive tract..."
Our Question about black or tarry stools"Black, tarry stools usually result from bleeding that occurs high up in the digestive tract - for example, in the stomach or first segment of the small intestine ( duodenum); blood in the stomach turns black when exposed to stomach acid and enzymes..."
The Condition"...Once it has been established that bleeding has occurred or is occurring, the first step is to rule out hemorrhoids, rectal tears (fissures), and tumors by performing a rectal examination..."