Gastrointestinal Bleeding

  • Sam J. Thomson
  • Matthew L. Cowan
  • Robert Morgan
  • Tony M. Rahman


Gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) in the critical care environment is a relatively common clinical event. The incidence of GIB is 103/100,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom (UK).1 Of these, 14% occur in patients who are already hospitalized.1 In the United States (US) the incidence of clinically significant GIB from stress-related mucosal disease (SRMD) has been estimated at 1.5%.2 GIB can be the primary reason for admission or can develop as a secondary comorbid factor in relation to the primary illness. Patients with this complication can have an increased length of stay and up to a fourfold rise in mortality.3


Proton Pump Inhibitor Variceal Bleeding Endoscopic Therapy Argon Plasma Coagulation Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sam J. Thomson
    • 1
  • Matthew L. Cowan
    • 1
  • Robert Morgan
    • 1
  • Tony M. Rahman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologySt. George’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Departments of Intensive Care and GastroenterologySt. George’s HospitalLondonUK

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