The Unstable Patient with Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Surgical and Non-surgical Management

  • Rebecca P. Petersen
  • Aurora D. Pryor


Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) is defined as intermittent or persistent loss of blood that occurs or reoccurs after evaluation by upper gastrointestinal and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy [1]. The clinical presentation can vary dramatically, from occult blood loss that is only detectible by hemoccult testing, manifesting as iron deficiency to overt clinical manifestations of hematemesis, melena, or hematochezia requiring transfusion and hospitalization.


Small Bowel Detailed Medical History Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lower Endoscopy Persistent Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Surgery Residency Training ProgramDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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