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Question: What are the most common causes of upper GI bleeding?

Answer:

  • Duodenal and gastric ulcers
  • Esophageal or gastric varices in the cirrhotic patient
  • Mallory-Weiss tears (most commonly seen in alcoholic patients or patients with forceful vomiting)
  • Erosive gastritis as a result of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or in intubated ICU patients

Reference: Feczko PJ, Halpert RD (eds): Case Review: Gastrointestinal Imaging. St. Louis, Mosby, 2000.

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