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What does occult blood mean?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Blood not seen: It means bleeding that cannot be visualized. For example, we can check stool for blood, even though it doesn't appear red/bloody.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What does occult blood 3 mean?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
It usually: Means that on three separate stool specimens, non visible blood was detected. This needs to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon. Do not wait until you see blood. Early detection of the source can save much anxiety, worry and possibly your life. Take it seriously.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What does occult blood 2+ mean?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
It indicates: The finding of blood in your stool which may or may not indicate a GI problem. A thorough history and look at other exams and a GI workup is indicated. This may be a false positive result but best to get a proper evaluation rather than ignore a possible early warning sign of a more serious problem.

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