What is the prognostic value of nasogastric lavage findings in upper GI bleeding (UGIB)?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Bennie Ray Upchurch, III, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Intuitively, a persistently bloody nasogastric aspirate would seem likely to indicate a more severe UGIB episode. A report indicates that a nasogastric aspirate with red blood is associated with more severe bleeding (proportion requiring >5 units of blood and surgery) and raises the likelihood of identifying high-risk stigmata at endoscopy. [116]


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