Chapter 6. Acute Severe Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Tonya Kaltenbach MD Staff Physician1 and
  2. Roy Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch6

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kaltenbach, T. and Soetikno, R. (2008) Acute Severe Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Veteran Affairs, Palo Alto, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

  2. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  3. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • acute severe lower gastrointestinal bleeding;
  • colonoscopy;
  • equipment and accessory selection;
  • technetium scan;
  • argon plasma coagulation (APC) and thermal therapies;
  • angiography;
  • surgery on elective basis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition

  • Presentation and differential diagnosis

  • Evaluation

  • Management

  • Further reading