What is the manifestation of massive lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (LGIB) in patients aged 65 and older?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Massive LGIB usually occurs in patients aged 65 years and older who have multiple medical problems, and it produces the following manifestations:

  • Systolic blood pressure of less than 90 mm Hg

  • Hemoglobin (Hb) level of 6 g/dL or less

  • The passage of maroon stools or bright red blood from the rectum

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