Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 63, Issue 12, pp 3448–3456 | Cite as

Lower Endoscopic Diagnostic Yields Observed in Non-hematemesis Gastrointestinal Bleeding Patients

  • Salmaan JawaidEmail author
  • Neil Marya
  • Bilal Gondal
  • Louise Maranda
  • Christopher Marshall
  • Joseph Charpentier
  • Abbas Rupawala
  • Muhammad Al-Sayid
  • Anupam Singh
  • Anne Foley
  • Gregory Volturo
  • David Cave
Original Article



Location of bleeding can present a diagnostic challenge in patients without hematemesis more so than those with hematemesis.


To describe endoscopic diagnostic yields in both hematemesis and non-hematemesis gastrointestinal bleeding patient populations.


A retrospective analysis on a cohort of 343 consecutively identified gastrointestinal bleeding patients admitted to a tertiary care center emergency department with hematemesis and non-hematemesis over a 12-month period. Data obtained included presenting symptoms, diagnostic lesions, procedure types with diagnostic yields, and hours to diagnosis.


The hematemesis group (n = 105) took on average 15.6 h to reach a diagnosis versus 30.0 h in the non-hematemesis group (n = 231), (p = 0.005). In the non-hematemesis group, the first procedure was diagnostic only 53% of the time versus 71% in the hematemesis group (p = 0.02). 25% of patients in the non-hematemesis group required multiple procedures versus 10% in the hematemesis group (p = 0.004). Diagnostic yield for a primary esophagogastroduodenoscopy was 71% for the hematemesis group versus 50% for the non-hematemesis group (p = 0.01). Primary colonoscopies were diagnostic in 54% of patients and 12.5% as a secondary procedure in the non-hematemesis group. A primary video capsule endoscopy yielded a diagnosis in 79% of non-hematemesis patients (n = 14) and had a 70% overall diagnostic rate (n = 33).


Non-hematemesis gastrointestinal bleeding patients undergo multiple non-diagnostic tests and have longer times to diagnosis and then compared those with hematemesis. The high yield of video capsule endoscopy in the non-hematemesis group suggests a role for this device in this context and warrants further investigation.


Gastrointestinal hemorrhage Diagnostic yield Endoscopy Video capsule endoscopy 


Author’s contribution

SJ was involved in study concept and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting of manuscript, and statistical analysis. NM contributed to study concept and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, and drafting of manuscript. BG performed acquisition of data, study concept and design. LM was involved in study concept and design, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical analysis. CM, AS, GV, DC contributed to study concept and design, critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content. JC performed study concept and design. MA-S analyzed data. AF performed administrative and drafting of manuscript. The study was reviewed and approved by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Institutional Review Board. A HIPPA waiver was approved by the aforementioned IRB given minimal risk to patient subjects.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Dr David Cave is a consultant for Olympus USA and Tokyo; he is also a contributor to UptoDate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salmaan Jawaid
    • 1
    Email author
  • Neil Marya
    • 1
  • Bilal Gondal
    • 1
  • Louise Maranda
    • 2
  • Christopher Marshall
    • 1
  • Joseph Charpentier
    • 1
  • Abbas Rupawala
    • 1
  • Muhammad Al-Sayid
    • 1
  • Anupam Singh
    • 1
  • Anne Foley
    • 1
  • Gregory Volturo
    • 3
  • David Cave
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Quantitative Health SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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