Bleeding in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is often a symptom of a larger issue in your digestive tract. If you have gastrointestinal bleeding, you may notice blood in stool or vomit. However, it is not always visible. Our team at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York can assess your symptoms and perform discreet, comfortable diagnostic tests to determine the cause of GI bleeding. You can then undergo treatment at one of our convenient locations. We have offices in East Setauket and Garden City, NY, as well as throughout Brooklyn.
Symptoms of a GI Bleed
Often, the first indication of GI bleeding is blood in the stool or vomit. In some cases, this blood may be bright red or maroon, or change the color of your stools so they appear black and tar-like. Other patients may experience vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
If you are suffering from a GI bleed, you may also feel:
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
Loss of blood can also cause a pale appearance. The symptoms you experience are often related to where the bleed is located within your GI tract.