Causes of Bleeding in the Digestive Tract
Causes of bleeding in the stomach and intestines (digestive tract) include:
- Regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Examples are aspirin and ibuprofen. These medicines can irritate the stomach lining and cause an ulcer.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Colon polyps or colorectal cancer, especially in older adults. It is important to find and treat these as early as possible. Without treatment, they may be life-threatening.
- Frequently occurring hemorrhoids. People with hemorrhoids often don't seek treatment right away. They can have chronic bleeding as a result.
- Esophagitis. This is irritation or inflammation of the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach).
Hookworm and other parasites. These parasites feed upon blood from the intestinal wall. If they aren't treated, they can cause a lot of blood loss.
- Long-distance running (runner's anemia). People who regularly run long distances often have some type of bleeding in the digestive tract.
Current as of:
March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine