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Lower intestinal bleeding

If you experience lower intestinal bleeding, our gastroenterology experts are able to diagnose and treat you


Lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) is a condition in your digestive tract. In contrast to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, LGIB originates in the small bowel and colon area. Symptoms range from passing blood in your faeces to severe abdominal pains. It can be mild or very serious. Our gastroenterologists can help to diagnose and treat you.

Need to know

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    Symptoms of LGIB might include:
    • Maroon coloured faeces. This may result from bleeding on the right side of the colon
    • Passing bright red blood through the anus. This can be from bleeding on the left side of the colon
    • Dark coloured faeces with bleeding in the cecal (pouch at the beginning of the large intestine)

    It is also possible for LGIB to originate from the digestive conditions such as:
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Diverticulosis
    • Haemorrhoids
    • Colon polyps
    • Peptic ulcers
    • Cancerous tumours
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    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose LGIB include:
    • Colonoscopy. A long and thin tube with a camera is passed through your anus, showing video images of your colon and bowels
    • Radionuclide scans. A radionuclide chemical is injected into a vein. Diseased cells in the lower intestine are picked up by the chemical and release gamma rays to a gamma camera
    • Angiography. A contrast dye inserted into your artery detects bleeding vessels through an X-ray
    • Blood tests
    • Endoscopic ultrasound. An ultrasound probe attached to an endoscope examines tissues in your digestive tract
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    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Treatment options might include:
    • Endoscopic thermal probes can burn blood vessels around the intestine. This helps stop bleeding ulcers. This is also possible by injecting special fluids or glue in this area
    • Endoscopic clips to close bleeding vessels
    • Special endoscopic bands to tie bleeding hemorrhoids and vessels
    • Angiographic embolization blocks blood vessels by inserting particles into them
    • In some cases, surgery may be required to remove part of your intestine. Your consultant will discuss this procedure in detail with you

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street


    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road


    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street


    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7908 8003
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Health

    2nd Floor

    41 Welbeck Street

    London W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7642
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 7pm

  • London Digestive Health

    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street


    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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