The popular blood-thinning drug Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) has recently been linked to uncontrollable gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding events, which may be life-threatening and extremely difficult to treat. Warning signs of GI bleeding may include discolored urine, red or black-colored stools, and weakness or swelling of the extremities. This article discusses how Xarelto gastrointestinal bleeding episodes can be diagnosed.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
How is Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding Diagnosed?
In patients who are suspected of having gastrointestinal bleeding, doctors will start by asking about their symptoms and performing a physical exam and/or blood tests. These initial steps may be enough to identify the cause of GI bleeding. However, if the source still cannot be found, doctors can use imaging technology to find it. Results from 1 procedure determine the next course of action until the cause is found.
Doctors may use the following tests to diagnose Xarelto gastrointestinal bleeding:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – Scope used to look at the patient’s esophagus, stomach and upper region of the small intestine. A tissue sample (biopsy) may be taken for further analysis.
- Colonoscopy – Can help identify acute lower GI bleeding.
- Capsule Endoscopy – The patient swallows a pill containing a tiny video camera which transmits images of their small intestine to an external recording device.
- Balloon-Assisted Enteroscopy – Scope used to look at areas within the small intestine that EGDs and colonoscopies are unable to reach.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound – Device that allows doctors to see tissues inside the digestive tract.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – A scope combined with an X-ray procedure that can reveal the ducts of the gallbladder, liver and pancreas.
- Multiphase CT Enterography (MCTE) – Noninvasive radiologic test that can image the thickness of the bowel wall, small intestine and surrounding tissue.
- Angiography – Contrast dye is injected into an artery, and X-rays are taken to find bleeding vessels or other abnormalities.
If gastrointestinal bleeding is severe, and these tests are unable to identify the source, the patient may require surgery so that doctors can view the entire small intestine.
Do I Have a Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new gastrointestinal bleeding cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.