Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Elderly

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
Reference work entry


Gastrointestinal bleeding is any bleeding into the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract from the oesophagus to the anus. The ageing process together with the co-morbidities and the greater use of medications such as NSAIDs and anticoagulants have a negative effect on the outcome of GI bleeding in the elderly. In the elderly because of the alterations in pain perception and atypical presentation, certain gastrointestinal disorders can present with difficulty in diagnosis. The present review will highlight the causes and discuss the management of gastrointestinal bleeding in the elderly.


Gastrointestinal bleeding Upper gastrointestinal bleeding Lower gastrointestinal bleeding Mallory-Weiss syndrome Angiodysplasia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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