blood in peg tube

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    i had a patient who receives tube feeding through a peg tube. he doesnt get any medicine through peg, just water flush and tube feeding. for the las few days, i"m having a lot of resistance when i tried to flush with water and when i aspirated back, there was a small amount of blood in the tube. what do you think is the cause of this? for the first few times, i couldnt flush with water, then finally i was able to flush. when i started his tube feeding, its infusing without problem.
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    How old is the PEG site? Has there been any trauma to the area? Is the patient on any medications that could cause GI bleeding and does the pt have a history of GI bleed?

    Regardless, I would think about possible causes and notify the MD. I hope the pt is ok!
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    Definetly need to let the MD know. Possible causes: GI bleed, some kind of pulling or trauma to the tube, ulcer, etc. Good thing you got it unclogged, blood can set like cement. seen any more?
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    He need MD evaluation STAT. Prob. a trip to the ER. Blood in the PEG is never good.