What are the symptoms of Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 07, 2013

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The signs of bleeding in the digestive tract depend on the site and severity of bleeding.


Signs of bleeding in the upper digestive tract include

  • bright red blood in vomit
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • black or tarry stool
  • dark blood mixed with stool
  • stool mixed or coated with bright red blood

Signs of bleeding in the lower digestive tract include

  • black or tarry stool
  • dark blood mixed with stool
  • stool mixed or coated with bright red blood

Sudden, severe bleeding is called acute bleeding. If acute bleeding occurs, symptoms may include

  • weakness
  • dizziness or faintness
  • shortness of breath
  • crampy abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • paleness

A person with acute bleeding may go into shock, experiencing a rapid pulse, a drop in blood pressure, and difficulty producing urine.


Light bleeding that continues for a long time or starts and stops is called chronic bleeding. If bleeding is chronic, a person may notice that fatigue, lethargy, and shortness of breath develop over time. Chronic blood loss can also lead to anemia, a condition in which the blood’s iron-rich substance, hemoglobin, is diminished.


A person may not notice a small amount of bleeding in the digestive tract. This type of bleeding is called occult bleeding. Simple tests can detect occult blood in the stool.


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