What are the causes of colonic bleeding?
Causes of lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding include
Regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Esophagitis, which is irritation or inflammation of the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach
Parasites such as hookworms, which feed upon blood from the intestinal wall.
Massive bleeding can be life-threatening. Small amounts of bleeding over time may lead to other conditions, such as anemia.
Further, lower GI bleeding can appear as blood in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. Blood may appear dark maroon to bright red.
Colonic Bleeding Treatments
Treatment involves identifying the source of the bleeding, usually with a colonoscopy. During the procedure, various techniques can stop the bleeding.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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