What is the prevalence of massive lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Worldwide, acute LBIG accounts for 1%-2% of hospital emergencies, with 15% of these presenting as massive bleeding and about 5% requiring operative intervention. [21] The small bowel represents 5% of all LGIB bleeding sites, but it is the most common site of obscure bleeding. [21, 22]


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