Complications of Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom of a greater medical condition. There are a number of reasons that bleeding in the gastrointestinal area may occur. Hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, problems in the esophagus, cancer, or reactions to medication may all be causes of the bleeding.
Among the medications that are known for causing gastrointestinal bleeding is Xarelto, a blood thinner produced and manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. The medication is used to treat deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and hip and knee replacement patients.
The gastrointestinal or digestive tract includes a number of vital organs that bleeding may stem from. The esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus are all susceptible to tears or damage done to the lining. These are the most common reasons for injury.
Signs of bleeding may vary from microscopic to excessive or uncontrollable bleeds. There are different indicators for bleeds resulting from the upper and lower digestive tracts. Blood in vomit or stool, or secretions that resemble coffee groups generally suggest a bleed in the upper tract while black or tarry stool is often a sign of bleeding in the lower tract.
Gastrointestinal bleeding may lead to serious and sometimes life-threatening complications. Anemia or a deficiency in red blood cells and iron in the system may occur and cause chest pain, weakness, and general fatigue. The heart may also have difficulty pumping blood if there is a severe case of blood loss, called hypovolemia. In severe cases, gastrointestinal bleeding may be fatal if the patient loses too much blood.
While gastrointestinal bleeding may occur from natural causes, faulty drugs like Xarelto put patients at an unfair risk of pain and suffering. Negligent drug manufacturers should be held responsible for not releasing vital safety information to their patients and clients. If you or a loved one experienced adverse side effects after taking Xarelto, lawsuit lawyers may be able to help you become aware of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and physical and emotional damage sustained.