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What if I get blood stained stools?

You should consult your doctor immediately. Bloodstained stools are a serious concern and require the endoscopic examination of the large intestine to determine the origin of the bleeding.

Blood may be seen in the stools in conditions such as hemorrhoids that rupture, anal fissures, intestinal infections, ulcers, abnormalities in the blood vessels of the large intestine, and intestinal polyps.

Having blood in the stool can be frightening, whether you discover it after a bowel movement, or from a test ordered by your physician.

When you have blood in your stool that means there is bleeding in your digestive tract. The amount of blood can be small and it can only be detected by a fecal occult test, while in other cases it may be visible after a bowel movement in the toilet or on toilet tissue as bright red blood. When the bleeding occurs higher up in the digestive tract, the stool may appear black and tarry.

What conditions can cause blood in the stool?

  • Anal fissures
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticular disease
  • Angiodysplasia
  • Esophageal problems
  • Colitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Cancerous or precancerous conditions

Get an appointment to be examined by a specialist

When you notice blood in the stool, it is important to visit your physician for a consultation to determine what examinations and procedures are needed. Most of the causes of rectal bleeding are not life-threatening, however, the only way to find out the causes is to be examined by a doctor. Rectal examination, colonoscopy, anoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy are the procedures performed by doctors to find out what causes the bleeding.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/