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An approach to acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding
  1. John Frost1,
  2. Faye Sheldon1,
  3. Arun Kurup1,
  4. Benjamin R Disney1,
  5. Sherif Latif2,
  6. Sauid Ishaq1
  1. 1Gastroenterology Department, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK
  2. 2Radiology Department, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Sauid Ishaq, Department of Gastroenterology, Birmingham City University, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley DY1 2HQ, UK; Sauid.ishaq{at}


Lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) is a common problem that can be treated via a number of endoscopic, radiological and surgical approaches. Although traditionally managed by the colorectal surgeons, surgery should be considered a last resort given the variety of endoscopic and radiological approaches available. This article provides an overview on the common causes of acute LGIB and the various techniques at our disposal to control it.


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