When is admission to the ICU indicated for lower gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (LGIB)?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients who require admission to the intensive care unit and early involvement of both a gastroenterologist and a surgeon include the following:

  • Patients in shock
  • Patients with continuous active bleeding
  • Patients at high risk, such as patients with serious comorbidities, those needing multiple blood transfusions, or those with an acute abdomen

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