Gastrointestinal bleeding test created

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Gastrointestinal bleeding test created
Copyright 2008 by United Press International

ROME (UPI) — Italian medical scientists say they’ve developed a clinical scoring system to indicate when urgent treatment of upper gastrointestinal bleeding is indicated.

It’s currently accepted that an urgent endoscopy for gastrointestinal bleeding patients should be performed within 24 hours from admission to a hospital. But it remains unclear whether the procedure should be performed within two hours or in a more delayed interval.

With the goal of refining timing for urgent endoscopy in gastrointestinal bleeding patients, a research team led by Professor Leonardo Tammaro at San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital in Rome developed a clinical scoring procedure to suggest when urgent endoscopy is necessary. When classifying 436 patients according to the scoring procedure, active bleeding or signs of recent hemorrhage was detected in 85 percent of the most severe patients and only in 5 percent or fewer patients suffering less severe bleeding.

The researchers said their findings show timing of urgent endoscopy following a gastrointestinal bleeding episode can differentiated according to a simple score that reflects the clinical conditions of the patients.

The research appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of the World Journal of Gastroenterology.


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