GI Bleeding

David Green, MD, PhD

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

This case was reviewed and updated in November 2012 by Dr. Alvin H. Schmaier and members of the Teaching Cases Subcommittee.

Copyright of the American Society of Hematology, 2006. ISSN: 1931-6860.


Other than blood in the stool, what findings on physical examination would suggest that this patient has acute rather than chronic blood loss? Select all that apply.

Fissures at the corners of the mouth
Postural hypotension
Spoon-shaped nails (koilonychia)

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