How is upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in children younger than 2 years treated?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Wayne Wolfram, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Robert K Minkes, MD, PhD  more...
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Significant upper GI bleeding caused by peptic ulcers is evaluated and treated with immediate endoscopy. Cautery, epinephrine therapy, fibrin sealants, and Endoclips are treatment options for ulcers, and biopsy samples are taken, if warranted.

Therapy for peptic ulcer disease in children mimics that in adults and centers around acid reduction and control of the underlying condition. Obstruction and/or persistent bleeding are indications for surgery.


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