LLSA 2020 - Review 4: Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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Review 4: Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding


Avital Porat, MD
Director of Quality and Safety, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT; Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Daniel Patino-Calle, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

About this Review

Acute lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding accounts for approximately 30% to 40% of all GI bleeding, and it is the most common cause of hospitalization due to GI disease. This clinical practice review summarizes the initial evaluation and management of these patients, including obtaining the history, implementing resuscitative techniques, and using diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Recommendations regarding the administration of antiplatelet medications in patients with lower GI bleeding are also discussed.

  1. Article Citation
  2. Synopsis
  3. Quick Quiz
  4. Discussion
    1. Clinical Presentation
    2. Initial Assessment
    3. Initial Management
    4. Diagnostic Evaluation and Therapies
    5. Antiplatelet Medications and Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  5. Critique
  6. Key Points
  7. Editor’s Note
  8. Quick Quiz Answers
  9. Original Article

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