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Occult and obscure bleeding, iron deficiency anemia and other gastrointestinal stories (Review)

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Bleeding of which the patient is unaware is the most common form of gastrointestinal blood loss, while that of unknown origin persisting or recurring after no source has been found at initial or primary endoscopy, or evident bleeding from an unidentified source represents the least common. Moreover, iron deficiency anemia, a common problem in clinical practice, most frequently originates from the gastrointestinal tract. The diagnostic approach to these apparently different clinical scenarios is actually very similar. In the present review, we summarize the characteristics of the tools employed in the diagnosis of these conditions, with a special emphasis on nuclear medicine techniques.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Hepatogastroenterology, S. Giacomo Hospital, Rome, Italy

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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