How is upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) defined?

Updated: Sep 01, 2021
  • Author: Bennie Ray Upchurch, III, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a potentially life-threatening abdominal emergency that remains a common cause of hospitalization. Upper GI bleeding (UGIB) is defined as bleeding derived from a source proximal to the ligament of Treitz.

The image below depicts an ulcer with active bleeding.

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). Ulcer with Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). Ulcer with active bleeding.

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