Fifty Shades of Red: Calling a GI Consult for Rectal Bleeding

When calling Gastroenterology (GI) for a consult for bleeding, there are many descriptors you should provide to help determine the location of a bleed and the urgency in which a bleed needs management. The first and most important descriptor is color. Describing the color of the stool accurately, helps the GI team to determine the... Continue Reading →

The hard truth about constipation

Hi everyone! Today’s post is about acute constipation and what you can do at home! This might be an awkward and embarrassing topic, but your bowel health is very important. You are not alone! Anyone who hasn’t done the deed in a couple days feels the pain, literally. The definition of acute constipation is a... Continue Reading →

Let’s get personal: Digital rectal exams

Residents, let’s get serious for a minute. How often are you performing digital rectal exams (DRE)  for patients that have an indication? An informal poll of the audience revealed that even some gastroenterologists, let alone medical residents, were skipping the rectal exam despite having patients with lower gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. I know that during a... Continue Reading →

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