Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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Management of Unusual Sources of Upper GI Bleeding

  • Elisabeth TracyAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery; General Surgery Residency Training Program, Duke University Medical Center
  • , Janet Tuttle-NewhallAffiliated withDivision of Transplant Surgery, Duke University Medical Center Email author 

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Recognizing unusual sources of upper GI bleeding is important in evaluating individual patients who present diagnostic dilemmas and in promptly managing patients with uncommon but potentially catastrophic bleeding sources. As upper GI bleeds are relatively common, the probability of encountering a patient with an unusual source of bleeding is likely at some point; therefore, understanding the diagnosis and management of these uncommon pathologic processes is essential in caring for patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding.