What is the prevalence of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB)?

Updated: Sep 01, 2021
  • Author: Bennie Ray Upchurch, III, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The incidence of acute upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (UGIB) is about 100 per 100,000 adults per year. An estimated 15% of patients with UGIB present with hematochezia. In the United Kingdom, UGIB accounts for 70,000 hospital admissions each year, with the majority of cases nonvariceal in origin. [28]  In a nationwide study from Spain, UGIB was six times more common than lower GI bleeding. [29]


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