Bleeding, Gastrointestinal bleeding: 11 Possible Causes
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What causes bleeding and gastrointestinal bleeding? 11 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen veins located around the anus or in the lower rectum.

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2

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are painful sores in the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem.

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3

Bleeding Esophageal Varices

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Find information on bleeding esophageal varices symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment, and prevention.

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4

Stomach Ulcer

Stomach ulcers are painful sores in the stomach lining or small intestine. They occur when the mucus that protects the stomach from digestive juices is reduced.

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5

Intussusception

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Most common in boys, intussusception occurs when a portion of the intestines become enfolded, causing a blockage. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody stools, and others. It is potentially life-threatening.

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6

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs when the lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and the rectum become inflamed.

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7

Low Platelet Count (Thrombocytopenia)

A low platelet count, or thrombocytopenia, can range from mild to severe, depending on the cause. The symptoms can sometimes include severe bleeding.

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8

Christmas Disease (Hemophilia B)

Also called hemophilia B or factor IX hemophilia, Christmas disease is a rare genetic disorder in which your blood does not clot properly. A common symptom is unexplained or excessive bruising.

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9

Hemophilia A

Hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency) is the most common form of the blood clotting disorder hemophilia. It can cause prolonged bleeding, tight joints, and unexplained bruising.

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10

Ebola Virus and Disease

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Ebola disease is a rare, often fatal illness. One of its late-stage symptoms is a bleeding rash over the entire body.

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11

Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a serious, potentially deadly flu-like disease spread by mosquitoes. It's characterized by a high fever and jaundice. It isn't curable.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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