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Sheet1 Page 1 1. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2007 Sep 18(3):172-6. Effects of seasonal variations on acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding and its etiology. Sezgin O, AltintaÅw E, Tombak A. Department of Gastroenterology, Mersin University, School of Medicine, Mersin. [email protected] BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the causes and risk factors of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding, a frequently encountered medical emergency, and to determine any relation in its frequency according to month or season. METHODS: We evaluated the records of 336 patients who presented to our hospital with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding between October 2001 and June 2005. Three hundred and sixteen patients had endoscopy within 12-24 hours of admission. Causes of bleeding, risk factors, drug usage and admission dates were documented, any relations with season or month of occurrence were determined and statistical analyses were made. RESULTS: Two hundred and thirty-seven patients were male (70.5%) and 99 patients female (29.5%), with an
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