Symptoms for GI blood loss anemia can range from blood seen in bowel movements, general fatigue to lab abnormalities. There are many different causes of losing either small or large amounts of blood in the gastrointestinal tract. In some cases, this is the only symptom of colorectal cancer. Endoscopic evaluation is strongly recommended for anyone with evidence of blood loss in the intestines or iron deficiency anemia.
Celiac Disease is a food allergy to a protein found in certain grains, including wheat. Celiac Disease can cause inflammation in the small intestine and symptoms can range from diarrhea, abdominal pain/bloating to severe anemia. Testing generally starts with routine blood analysis and often endoscopic testing. If you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease, avoiding gluten is the most effective treatment; however, in some cases, a dietary avoidance alone will not be sufficient treatment.
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