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Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleed: Review of Clinical Course and Outcome in Hospitalized Patients

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.188
Pages: 
679–83
Synopsis: 
Acute lower GI bleed (ALGIB) in 189 hospitalized patients were reviewed. The mean age was 67 years with 55% female and 80 % of patients had comorbid illnesses. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) use was present in 24% and 16%, respectively. The leading causes of ALGIB were diverticular disease 56%, colorectal cancer and haemorrhoidal disease 11% each and colonic polyps 8.5%. Recurrent bleeding occurred in 3.7%; 19% of patients required emergency surgery and blood transfusion was given in 43%. The average hospitalization stay was seven days. Overall mortality was 2.6%.

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Accepted: 
11 Jul, 2016
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e-Published: 19 Jul, 2016
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