PMID: 11432297Jul 4, 2001Paper

Gastrointestinal bleeding in the elderly

Gastroenterology Clinics of North America
J J Farrell, L S Friedman

Abstract

Among patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding, older age is associated with an increased rate of comorbidity, greater medication use, and atypical clinical presentations. The aging of the population makes the evaluation and management of gastrointestinal bleeding in the elderly a special and increasingly common clinical challenge. The unique features and common causes of upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding in the elderly are reviewed. Important management issues considered include hemodynamic resuscitation; anticoagulation; and medical, surgical, and endoscopic therapy.

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