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Where can bleeding come from in the digestive or gastrointestinal tract?

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The cause of the bleeding may not be serious, but it's important for your doctor to find the source of this symptom. The digestive or gastrointestinal tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus. Bleeding can come from one or more of these areas -- from a small area such as an ulcer on the lining of the stomach or from a broader problem such as inflammation of the colon.

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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