- Obscure gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is defined as persistent or recurrent GI bleeding after negative evaluations with upper endoscopy and colonoscopy.
- Accounts for approximately 5% of GI bleeding.
- Obscure GI bleeding can further be classified as being overt or occult.
-Overt GI bleeding is clinically evident, with either hematemesis, hematochezia, or melena.
-Occult GI bleeding manifests as iron deficiency anemia or a positive fecal occult blood test.
- Our case demonstrates a rare cause of obscure occult GI bleeding.
Recommended CitationShahid, MD, Haroon and Korenblit, MD, MBA, Jason, "A Rare Cause of Obscure Occult Gastrointestinal Bleeding" (2015). Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Faculty Papers. Paper 31.