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Blood transfusion for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Restrictive transfusion strategy saves blood and is safe in most clinical settings, including gastrointestinal bleeding. However, generalizability of a restrictive transfusion approach in acute gastrointestinal bleeding remains controversial as it often affects elderly patients with major cardiovascular comorbidity who have been excluded from existing trials.

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Villanueva, C. Blood transfusion for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 12, 432–434 (2015).

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