Detection of gastrointestinal bleeding by using multislice computed tomography—acute and chronic hemorrhages


      Nowadays, computed tomography (CT) is established for diagnosing gastrointestinal bleeding. In this retrospective study, the use of CT in diagnosing gastrointestinal bleeding was evaluated. Fifty-three patients received a contrast-medium-enhanced helical multislice CT (MSCT) to locate the bleeding site. Seventy-nine percent of the hemorrhage were acute gastrointestinal bleedings. Fifty-five percent of the acute hemorrhages were located via helical MSCT, 45% of the chronic bleeding sites were detected. Notably, bleeding of diverticula, tumors, and angiodysplasias were well demonstrated. In conclusion, contrast-medium-enhanced MSCT may be used effectively as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for detecting gastrointestinal bleedings.


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