In this small prospective evaluation of patients presenting to the ED with acute lower GI bleeding, CTA (compared to surgery, angiography, or colonoscopy) was 100% sensitive and 96% specific in finding the etiology of the bleeding. This may be a good diagnostic (but not therapeutic) test to determine bleeding location and etiology (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.