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Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Feb;94(1):43-53. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2013.10.004.

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Sheikh Zayed Tower, 1800 Orleans Street, Suite 6017, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.

Abstract

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding remains a commonly encountered diagnosis for acute care surgeons. Initial stabilization and resuscitation of patients is imperative. Stable patients can have initiation of medical therapy and localization of the bleeding, whereas persistently unstable patients require emergent endoscopic or operative intervention. Minimally invasive techniques have surpassed surgery as the treatment of choice for most upper GI bleeding.

KEYWORDS:

Endoscopy; Gastroesophageal varices; Ulcer disease; Upper gastrointestinal bleeding

PMID:
24267496
DOI:
10.1016/j.suc.2013.10.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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